Lective Dectina

Lectio Divina
This method of prayer has been growing across the world rapidly since it has been created. In 220 A.D the principles of Lectio Divina were expressed and spread throughout the world. Lectio Divina is a Latin for "spiritual reading” and is very popular amongst Catholics and Gnostics. It is gaining as an integral part of the devotional practices of the Emerging Church.   Pope Benedict XVI said in a 2005 speech, “I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina: the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart.” Also Lectio is said to be adaptable for those of other faiths, when it comes to reading their scriptures.
When people practice Lectio Divina, it is suppose to be a time for relaxation, making yourself comfortable and clearing the mind of other thoughts. Many of those who do practice Lectio say it’s easier by beginning with deep,

cleansing breaths and reciting a chosen phrase or word over and over to help free the mind.
They begin with four steps, beginning with Lectio.You begin by reading the bible passage slowly several times. Listen for the small voice of a word that somehow speaks to the practitioner. Meditatio is the second step that you reflect on the text in the passage. Take it and see how it applies to ones life. The third step is Oratio. It is where you respond to the passage by opening the heart of God. It is a way many see as an opportunity to have a conversation with God. Then the final step is contemplation which is listening to God. This is where you free your own thoughts and hear god talk to you. Opening the mind, heart and soul to the influence of God.
I think that Lectio Divina is an interesting way of prayer that I find fascinating. To know that even Pope Benedict has mentioned Lectio Divina and agrees with it is...

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