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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 prayerfully 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 attentive 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.

Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins

One Sunday evening each month, from September to June, all are welcome to join Cardinal Collins, for Lectio Divina.

We begin with Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 7 p.m., followed by Lectio Divina from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.

2015-2016: The Gospel of Mark - Year III

  • September 13 - at St. Paul’s Basilica​​, 83 Power St., Toronto
    God and Caesar (Mark 11:27-12:17)

  • There is no Lectio Divina in October because Cardinal Collins will be attending the Synod on the Family in Rome

  • November 1 - at St. Peter’s Parish​, 840 Bathurst St., Toronto
    The Greatest Commandment (Mark 12:18-40)

  • December 6 - at St. Augustine’s Seminary, 2661 Kingston Rd., Scarborough
    Persecution (Mark 12:41-13:23)

  • January 10 - at St. Mary’s Parish, 66A Main St. South, Brampton
    The Coming of the Son of Man (Mark 13:24-14:11)

  • February 7 - at St. Clement’s Parish​, 409 Markland Dr., Etobicoke
    Passover and Gethsemane (Mark 14:12-42)

  • March 6 - at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 263 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto
    The Trial of Jesus (Mark 14:43-65)

  • April 3 - at​ St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 1100 Mary St. North, Oshawa
    Peter Denies Jesus (Mark 14:66-15:20)

  • May 1 - at St. Joseph’s Parish, 5440 Durie Rd., Mississauga
    The Crucifixion (Mark 15:21-47)

  • June 5 - at St. Mary’s Parish, 65 Amelia St., Barrie
    The Resurrection (Mark 16:1-20)

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

2014-2015: The Gospel of Mark - Year II

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Footage is provided courtesy of Salt and Light Television.