Lectio divina (Latin for “divine reading”) is a contemplative way of reading the Bible that dates back to the early centuries of the Christian Church. Benedict established it as a monastic practice in the 6th century. It’s a way of praying the scriptures that leads us deeper into God’s word: we slow down, we read a short passage more than once, we chew it over slowly and carefully, and we savor it. Scripture begins to speak to us in a new way. It speaks to us personally, and aids that union we have with God through Christ who is himself the Living Word.
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