Lectio Divina

St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) Founder of the Jesuits

I was first introduced to Lectio Divina almost 10 years ago and it has been my go to method of meditating on Scripture. Like the Prayer of Examen, Lectio Divina is generally traced back to St. Ignatius of Loyola. I’ve seen many different ways of phrasing the method of Lectio Divina, but generally it’s based on reading a passage of scripture slowly multiple times with different intentions. Below is a summary from Richard Rohr.

 With the first reading, listen with your heart’s ear for a phrase or word that stands out for you.

During the second reading, reflect on what touches you, perhaps speaking that response aloud or writing in a journal.

After reading the passage a third time, respond with a prayer or expression of what you have experienced and what it calls you to.

Finally, rest in silence after a fourth reading.

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I’ve heard this summarized as Read, Reflect, Respond, & Rest.

A quick search on YouTube will provide a handful of guided meditations through different passages of scripture. It can really be done with any passage that you would like.

More recently I’ve been introduced to using coloring book pages with scripture on them as a guide for Lectio Divina.