Lectio Divina

"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 reading."

"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."

Pope Francis,
Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel

Elements of Lectio Divina

Lectio
Reading the text with a listening ear and interpreting the text with an attentive mind.
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Meditatio
Reflecting on the message of the text and its meaning for today.
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Oratio and Contemplatio
Praying from the heart which flows from reading and reflecting on the text.
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Collatio
Conversing about the Bible and forming a community of faith.
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Operatio
Witnessing to God's word in the context of daily life and making a difference in the world.
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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.