The Practice of Lectio Divina

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The Practice of Lectio Divina

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We have seen from the long tradition of lectio divina that there are many ways in which we can practice it. As long as we keep in mind the essence of the tradition, we can adapt various methods to our own needs for the prayerful reading of Scripture.

The primary aim of Lectio divina is the establishment of an intimate dialogue with God through the sacred page. Listening to the voice of God within Scripture, reflecting on the text’s personal meaning for us, and responding to God in prayer is the heart of the ancient tradition.

Through expectant faith, we encounter the living Christ through the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments. He calls us to be disciples and invites us into an ever-deeper unity with himself. Through the continual practice of Lectio divina, we take on the mind and heart of Christ and live more and more in him. Our interior being and our outward expression become more and more conformed to Christ, and we increasingly experience his intimate relationship with the Father and share in that divine unity through the indwelling of the Holy…

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