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Monday, August 24, 2009

# 71 - Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is the classical monastic practice of the prayerful reading of the Bible, not with the intention of gaining information but of using Scripture as a pathway to the living God. This type of prayer is challenging and presumes you have a huge desire for God. Typically Lection Divina is practiced every day for an hour at a time. Imagine it as a spiritual mealtime, a feasting on the Word of God, in 4 courses: taking a bite, then chewing on the Word, then savoring its essence, and finally digesting the Word. My friend says, “We read a passage of scripture several times. We listen for a word or phrase that stands out, we listen for an image or feeling or memory that arises, and we listen for an invitation from God.”

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