Lectio Divina and the Synod of Bishops

In a notable request, the Fathers of the Synod of Bishops currently meeting in Rome have requested not just an explanation of lectio divina, but to be led in it that they might better understand the ancient practice of contemplative Scripture reading better.

Addressing a 2005 conference marking the 40th anniversary of Dei Verbum — the Vatican II Decree on the Word – Pope Benedict XVI said of lectio divina that “if it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the church – I am convinced of it – a new spiritual springtime.”

In the Passionist Constitutions we read:

Lectio Divina and Spiritual Reading

Our contact with the Word of God is not confined to liturgical celebrations. The practice of spiritual reading focuses the prayerful attention of the community and the individual on the Sacred Scriptures.

This reading deepens our awareness of the Person of Christ, and help us grow in knowledge of Him; it supplies the well-springs of personal prayer, and sheds new light on the meaning of life. (#47)

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