To Practice Lectio Divina ('Sacred Reading')
Select a text of Sacred Scripture for prayer. Read it through slowly. When a word or a phrase inspires or challenges you, read it over and think about it in the context of your own life.
Speak to God, offering prayer of praise or petition or thanksgiving in response to how God is moving your heart.
Rest in God's presence.
As you move from this time of prayer, carry the word or phrase in your mind, allowing it to shape your day.
In addition to Scriptures for the day (from Mass or from the liturgy of the Hours), the following are ones we can pray with as we become accustomed to the practice of Lectio:
"Here I stand, knocking at the door. If anyone hears Me and opens the door, I will enter his house and have supper with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20)
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine. When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the waters you shall not drown. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you." (Isaiah 43:1-2)
"Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again. Rejoice! Everyone should see how unselfish you are. The Lord is near. Dismiss all anxiety from your minds. Present your needs to God in every form of prayer and in petitions full of gratitude. Then God's own peace, which is beyond all understanding, will stand guard over your hearts and minds, in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:4-7)
For anyone who doesn't have a Bible readily at hand, a click on our Scriptures page will open more verses for prayer..