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Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins
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Lectio Divina (​“divine, or sacred, reading”) is the name given to a spiritual tradition among Christians over the last two thousand years, in which they attentively and pray​erfully read the word of God.

Although there is an element of study in “Lectio Divina”, it is not the same as Bible study, or exegesis, where one seeks to interpret the sacred text through analysis, and with the help of the work of scripture scholars.

In Lectio Divina we seek not to master or grasp the sacred text, but rather through it, prayerfully and silently, to come into the presence of God. We seek to be humbly a​ttentive to God’s Holy Word, to savour it, and to let it enter into our heart as much as our heads, so that it may transform us.

One approach to Lectio Divina is simply to move systematically though a book of the Bible, but it never involves worrying about “covering” a certain quantity of text: what matters more is the quality of our humble attentiveness. We choose a small portion of the sacred text, and reflect prayerfully upon it.

Lectio Divina is not intended to increase our intellectual knowledge of the Bible (though it also has that effect); instead, it is intended to draw us closer to God, and to transform our attitudes and behaviour.

One Sunday evening each month all are welcome to join Cardinal Collins for Lectio Divina at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica.

We begin with music by the Cathedral Vespers Choir at 6:45 p.m., Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 7 p.m., and Lectio Divina from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.

LIVESTREAM: Lectio Divina is livestreamed via the St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica website at

New this year, Lectio Divina will also be live at select local parishes via web conferencing. Please stay tuned for more information!

Cardinal Thomas Collins2018-2019

Christian Community: Stewards of the Mission

Through Baptism, we individually begin our life in Christ, but we do so by entering the community of His disciples and apostles, entrusted with his mission on earth.

The New Testament offers us several passages that illuminate what it means to be disciples of Jesus, filled with the Spirit, and living in an evangelizing Christian community.

  • September 9, 2018 - WATCH VIDEO
    The Call of the Disciples to Community with Jesus (John 1.35-51)

  • October 14, 2018 - WATCH VIDEO
    Christian Community Commitment and Mission (Luke 9.57-10.16)

  • November 4, 2018 - WATCH VIDEO
    The Washing of Feet (John 13.1-20)

  • December 2, 2018 - WATCH VIDEO
    The Vine and the Branches (John 15.1-27)

  • January 6, 2019 - WATCH VIDEO
    Pentecost (Acts 1.21-2.13)

  • February 3, 2019 - WATCH VIDEO
    Spiritual Life and Death in a Christian Community (Acts 2.43-47; 4.32-5.11)

  • March 3, 2019 - WATCH VIDEO
    The Conversion of St. Paul (Acts 9.1-31)

  • April 7, 2019 - WATCH VIDEO
    Letters to the Churches (Apocalypse 2)

  • May 5, 2019 - WATCH VIDEO
    Letters to the Churches (Apocalypse 3)

  • June 2, 2019 - WATCH VIDEO
    Jerusalem (Apocalypse 21.1-8; 22.6-21)

Video Archive

Audio Archive (Podcast)

We are grateful to Salt & Light Catholic Media Foundation​ for their support in recording and broadcasting Lectio Divina. For a complete broadcast schedule, please visit