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.
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 www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live
Life is difficult, and we often make mistakes. We seek to understand how to make good decisions, and how to live in a healthy relationship with God, our neighbours, and ourselves. We need all the help we can get as we navigate through life, and that can come from friends, and from wise reflection upon experience. The wisdom tradition of the Bible is a treasure, divinely inspired and humanly insightful, that can guide us on our way.
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 www.saltandlighttv.org/lectiodivina