Lectio Divina is an ancient Catholic prayer method for reading and praying with the Bible. According to Pope Benedict XVI in the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini (nos. 86-87), lectio divina is broken down into the following steps named in Latin:
1. Lectio (reading)
2. Meditatio (meditation)
3. Oratio (prayer)
4. and Contemplatio (contemplation)
5. Then, as a result of the encounter with God in Scripture, we are also called to Actio (action).
Each of these steps together form a process by which we encounter God in his sacred word and respond to his grace. They form parts of a larger whole, but each one comes with a certain set of skills for our us to master. In this video we will discover how to pray lectio divina using these four lectio divina steps.
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