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Lectio Divina A Way of Praying the Scriptures
“ We wish to see Jesus”  Jn 12:21 <ul><li>“ The contemplation of Christ’s face cannot fail to be inspired by all that we a...
“ We wish to see Jesus”  Jn 12:21 <ul><li>“ It is especially necessary that listening to the word of God should become a l...
<ul><li>“ My dear young friends, I urge you to become familiar with the Bible, and to have it at hand so that it can be yo...
Five-Step Communal Process * <ul><li>Lectio </li></ul><ul><li>Meditatio </li></ul><ul><li>Oratio </li></ul><ul><li>Contemp...
Lectio <ul><li>A simple reading and listening </li></ul><ul><li>Listen with the “ears of your heart” </li></ul><ul><li>Be ...
Meditati o <ul><li>“ This is a moment of interior reflection in which the soul turns to God and tries to understand what h...
Meditatio <ul><li>Scripture Context </li></ul><ul><li>Scripture is read a second time </li></ul><ul><li>As you listen imag...
Oratio  <ul><li>“ Only  the experience of silence and prayer  offers the proper setting for the growth and development of ...
Oratio <ul><li>Take time to speak intimately with God  </li></ul><ul><li>What are you feeling? Joy, grief, fear, gratitude...
Contemplatio <ul><li>“… .we cannot come to the fullness of contemplation of the Lord’s face by our own efforts alone, but ...
Contemplatio <ul><li>Simply rest in God’s presence </li></ul><ul><li>Just enjoy God and be at peace </li></ul><ul><li>Feel...
Actio <ul><li>“ To build your life on Christ, to accept his word with joy and put its teachings into practice.  This, youn...
Actio <ul><li>Third reading of passage </li></ul><ul><li>Listen and reflect on what God is calling you to do or to be </li...
“ We wish to see Jesus”  Jn 12:21 <ul><li>Our Scripture reading will be taken from the Gospel of John: </li></ul><ul><li>T...
Lectio <ul><li>A simple reading and listening </li></ul><ul><li>Listen with the “ears of your heart” </li></ul><ul><li>Be ...
Meditatio  - Scriptural Context  John 12:20-32 <ul><li>End of the Book of Signs; the hour of Jesus will be the greatest si...
Meditatio <ul><li>Scripture is read a second time </li></ul><ul><li>As you listen imagine yourself in the story </li></ul>...
Oratio  &  Contemplatio <ul><li>Take time to speak intimately with God  </li></ul><ul><li>What are you feeling? Joy, grief...
Actio <ul><li>Third reading of passage </li></ul><ul><li>Listen and reflect on what God is calling you to do or to be </li...
 
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Lectio Divina

  1. 1. Lectio Divina A Way of Praying the Scriptures
  2. 2. “ We wish to see Jesus” Jn 12:21 <ul><li>“ The contemplation of Christ’s face cannot fail to be inspired by all that we are told about him in Sacred Scripture.” </li></ul><ul><li>Pope John Paul II </li></ul><ul><li>Novo Millennio Inuente, 17 </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ We wish to see Jesus” Jn 12:21 <ul><li>“ It is especially necessary that listening to the word of God should become a life-giving encounter, in the ancient and ever valid tradition of lectio divina , which draws from the biblical text the living Word which questions,directs and shapes our lives.” </li></ul><ul><li>Pope John Paul II </li></ul><ul><li>Novo Millennio Ineunte,39 </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>“ My dear young friends, I urge you to become familiar with the Bible, and to have it at hand so that it can be your compass pointing out the road to follow. By reading it, you will learn to know Christ. Note what St. Jerome said in this regard, ‘Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.’” </li></ul><ul><li>Pope Benedict XVI </li></ul><ul><li>World Youth Day XXI </li></ul>“ We wish to see Jesus. ” Jn 12:21
  5. 5. Five-Step Communal Process * <ul><li>Lectio </li></ul><ul><li>Meditatio </li></ul><ul><li>Oratio </li></ul><ul><li>Contemplatio </li></ul><ul><li>Actio </li></ul>*Adapted from YES! Youth Engaging Scripture Program , Saint Mary’s Press
  6. 6. Lectio <ul><li>A simple reading and listening </li></ul><ul><li>Listen with the “ears of your heart” </li></ul><ul><li>Be attentive to a particular word or phrase </li></ul><ul><li>Journal and share word or phrase without comment </li></ul>
  7. 7. Meditati o <ul><li>“ This is a moment of interior reflection in which the soul turns to God and tries to understand what his word is saying to us today.” </li></ul><ul><li>Pope Benedict XVI </li></ul><ul><li>World Youth Day XXI </li></ul>
  8. 8. Meditatio <ul><li>Scripture Context </li></ul><ul><li>Scripture is read a second time </li></ul><ul><li>As you listen imagine yourself in the story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who do you see? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you hear? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To whom do you most relate? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How does this passage relate to something in your life right now? </li></ul><ul><li>Journal and share this with the group </li></ul>
  9. 9. Oratio <ul><li>“ Only the experience of silence and prayer offers the proper setting for the growth and development of a true, faithful and consistent knowledge of that mystery… ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son of the Father’” (Jn 1:14). </li></ul><ul><li>Pope John Paul II </li></ul><ul><li>Nuevo Millennio Nuente, 20 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Oratio <ul><li>Take time to speak intimately with God </li></ul><ul><li>What are you feeling? Joy, grief, fear, gratitude? What has the word inspired in you? </li></ul><ul><li>Take time for the Lord to respond and make his voice heard in your heart </li></ul>
  11. 11. Contemplatio <ul><li>“… .we cannot come to the fullness of contemplation of the Lord’s face by our own efforts alone, but by allowing grace to take us by the hand.” </li></ul><ul><li>Pope John Paul II </li></ul><ul><li>Nuevo Millennio Nuente, 20 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Contemplatio <ul><li>Simply rest in God’s presence </li></ul><ul><li>Just enjoy God and be at peace </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to journal your experience </li></ul>
  13. 13. Actio <ul><li>“ To build your life on Christ, to accept his word with joy and put its teachings into practice. This, young people of the third millennium, should be your program.” </li></ul><ul><li>Pope Benedict XVI </li></ul><ul><li>World Youth Day XXI </li></ul>
  14. 14. Actio <ul><li>Third reading of passage </li></ul><ul><li>Listen and reflect on what God is calling you to do or to be </li></ul><ul><li>Journal your response </li></ul><ul><li>Share with the group </li></ul><ul><li>Listen attentively to the work of the Spirit in each others’ lives </li></ul><ul><li>Join hands and pray for each other in the words that Jesus taught us… Our Father </li></ul>
  15. 15. “ We wish to see Jesus” Jn 12:21 <ul><li>Our Scripture reading will be taken from the Gospel of John: </li></ul><ul><li>The Coming of Jesus’ Hour </li></ul><ul><li>John 12:20-32 </li></ul><ul><li>Please write this passage on your journal page. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Lectio <ul><li>A simple reading and listening </li></ul><ul><li>Listen with the “ears of your heart” </li></ul><ul><li>Be attentive to a particular word or phrase </li></ul><ul><li>Journal and share word or phrase without comment </li></ul>
  17. 17. Meditatio - Scriptural Context John 12:20-32 <ul><li>End of the Book of Signs; the hour of Jesus will be the greatest sign </li></ul><ul><li>Greek converts wish to see Jesus; the whole world is coming to him </li></ul><ul><li>To see Jesus is to understand why he had to suffer, die, and rise </li></ul><ul><li>It is the same pattern of life for those who serve the Lord </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus understands that it is not easy </li></ul><ul><li>The elevation of Jesus on the cross is his moment of death and glory; He will draw all people to himself </li></ul><ul><li>If anyone serves the Lord, the Father will also honor him </li></ul>
  18. 18. Meditatio <ul><li>Scripture is read a second time </li></ul><ul><li>As you listen imagine yourself in the story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who do you see? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you hear? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To whom do you most relate? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How does this passage relate to something in your life right now? </li></ul><ul><li>Journal and share this with the group </li></ul>
  19. 19. Oratio & Contemplatio <ul><li>Take time to speak intimately with God </li></ul><ul><li>What are you feeling? Joy, grief, fear, gratitude? What has the word inspired in you? </li></ul><ul><li>Take time for the Lord to respond and make his voice heard in your heart </li></ul><ul><li>Simply rest in God’s presence </li></ul><ul><li>Just enjoy God and be at peace </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to journal your experience </li></ul>
  20. 20. Actio <ul><li>Third reading of passage </li></ul><ul><li>Listen and reflect on what God is calling you to do or to be </li></ul><ul><li>Journal your response </li></ul><ul><li>Share with the group </li></ul><ul><li>Listen attentively to the work of the Spirit in each others’ lives </li></ul><ul><li>Join hands and pray for each other in the words that Jesus taught us… Our Father </li></ul>

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