Tuesday, June 15

Lectio Divina–Inspiration Sunday


I've long been fascinated with the concept of lectio divina (divine reading) of sacred texts as a means of becoming closer to God and learning more about the Scriptures. Lectio divina was established as a monastic practice by the Benedictines in the 6th century and was formalized into a 4-step process by Guigo II, a Carthusian monk, in the 12th century. Its 4 parts--reading, meditating, praying, and contemplating--do not have to be used on Christian scriptures, though. All faiths can use this way of reading their own texts or even books that don't have any "spiritual" connotation.

Do you love to read current fiction? Read it with a lectio divina mindset. You may be surprised at where you find God's presence. How about poetry? Even the most "secular" of poets has a creative spirit, which means God is lurking somewhere close by. The "close reading" I've been taught in English classes and narrative training has some features that resemble lectio divina if you look closely.

You'll often find me talking about words or writing or creativity in connection with spirituality these days. Lectio divina is one way this connection shows up most strongly.


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