"The study of the sacred Scriptures must be a door opened to
every believer. Evangelization demands familiarity with Godís
word, which calls for dioceses, parishes and Catholic
associations to provide for a serious, ongoing study of the
Bible, while encouraging its prayerful individual and communal
"There is one particular way of listening to what the Lord wishes
to tell us in his word and of letting ourselves be transformed by
the Spirit. It is what we call lectio divina. It consists of
reading Godís word in a moment of prayer and allowing it to
enlighten and renew us."
Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel
Elements of Lectio Divina
Reading the text with a listening ear and interpreting the text with
an attentive mind.
Reflecting on the message of the text and its meaning for today.
Oratio and Contemplatio
Praying from the heart which flows from reading and reflecting on the text.
Conversing about the Bible and forming a community of faith.
Witnessing to God's word in the context of daily life and making a difference in the world.
Catholic Bible study should help us not only to be informed about the text but to be transformed by God’s Spirit working through the
text. Threshold Bible Study uses the ancient method of lectio divina (sacred reading).
Lectio divina is the church’s most ancient way of studying Scripture. This ancient art is rooted in the Jewish tradition of Jesus, and it has
been nourished through the desert spirituality of the early Christian centuries, the patristic writers of the ancient church, and the monastic
tradition through the ages. In our day, lectio divina is experiencing a world-wide revival as Christians are returning to age-old
wisdom to experience the Scriptures in a deeper and more complete way.