The ancient practice of Lectio Divina, meaning "divine reading", approaches the study and prayer of scripture as something to be calmly and carefully absorbed, understood, and focused on. There are several phases of the Lectio Divina: reading/listening, meditation, prayer, and contemplation. The experience should be a gentle alternation between action (reading and spoken prayer, and conversation with God, for example) and reception (silence, reflection, meditation, listening, both to God and His words).



Lectio Divina should be done in a quiet place, where you can be alone, without interruption. First, choose a text to focus on. For example the chosen text can be from Eucharistic liturgy, daily prayers or affirmations, or from the Gospel; there are no specific requirements regarding the texts used during this practice nor are there requirements on reading a certain amount each time you practice the Lectio Divina. Next, embrace silence. Focus on your breathing, or repeat a prayer silently, as you relax and allow yourself to let go of noise and distractions. Once you are silent and focused, you can start to intently read the text you chose. Take your time, read very slowly, in order to take in each individual word and its sound. While reading, be sure that you are also listening, as you wander calmly through the words of God. When you arrive to a word or phrase that you feel grabs your attention, stop, and repeat it, memorizing it, absorbing it.

You may find your thoughts wandering into memories, or current worries and distractions. This is part of the process, this is you offering your thoughts, concerns, and mind to God and this in turn is God speaking and listening to you. This should lead you to the next phase, of conversing with God; you can "speak" with your thoughts, ideas, your inner voice, or out loud. You should feel calm and relaxed: this is you interacting with God, who is happy to visit with you. Then you can remain in contemplative silence, in God's company, and return to the text when you feel it's right. Remember that the goal is not to complete a certain amount of text or reading, but to connect with God by reading his words.