The Word Among Us

November 2005 Issue

Read . . .Think . . .Pray

Rediscovering the Bible through Lectio Divina.

By: Irene Nowell, OSB

One day when I was still very new to the religious life, I asked Sr. Ida for an explanation of lectio divina, or "sacred reading" of Scripture. Perhaps because of its Latin name, people often have the impression that this ancient prayer form involves something complicated and scholarly.

Sr. Ida was a very holy woman. She had come to our Benedictine community from her native Germany and had worked in domestic service all her...

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