A New Spiritual Springtime
Lectio Divina's contribution to the Church and the world today
"I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient practive of Lectio Divina...
If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church - I am convinced of it - a new spiritual springtime." (Pope Benedict, 14 September 2005)
Lectio Divina is a meditative and prayerful reading of the Bible. The Latin title ("sacred reading") is retained because this was the way the scriptures were used in the Christian Church for most of the first millennium.
It serves individual Christians and Christian communities, and through them, the wider world in three ways:
- it helps people to deepen their personal relationship with God in prayer;
- it gives them a better understanding of their faith;
- it inspires them to play their part with others in changing the world into a civilization of justice and love.
Lectio Divina can be done by all, irrespective of educational background. This is important in a world where further education often presupposes many years of schooling and financial resources to pay for it.
Lectio Divina is particularly helpful to those who lead busy and distracted lives, and would find it difficult to set aside a lot of time either for formal prayer or study.
Group meets in Parish Centre on mornings. If you would like to experience Lectio Divina please leave your contact details into the parish office.
Click here to go to the Lectio Reflection archive.