Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina, literally meaning "divine reading," is an ancient practice of praying the Scriptures. During Lectio Divina, the practitioner listens to the text of the Bible with the "ear of the heart," as if he or she is in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion. The method of Lectio Divina includes moments of reading (lectio), reflecting on (meditatio), responding to (oratio) and resting in (contemplatio) the Word of God with the aim of nourishing and deepening one's relationship with the Divine.

Lectio Divina and Imposed Sabbath Rest

Voices of Community

 ... We have a lot of time in our imposed Sabbath rest. I invite you to spend 5, 10 or 20 minutes after your morning Centering Prayer session to pray a short Scripture passage with Jesus … and let him inform all your relationships. Our Centering Prayer time opens us to listen deeply as we spend time in a “heavy date” with our Lord. I liken this prayer time to having a cup of tea with God. Him with me, me with him, listening to each other while enriching our relationship. ...

Prayer Groups in the Era of Social Distancing

Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Many of us have been struggling with questions about whether our contemplative prayer groups should continue to meet in light of the current situation and these decisions are increasingly being taken out of our hands as churches decide to close. 

As someone who teaches on spirituality and digital media at General Theological Seminary and who has led prayer groups by video, teleconference, email and Facebook for a number of years, I’d like to offer some suggestions about the many ways we can continue to stay connected in prayer during this challenging time. 

Introductory Lectio Divina Workshop

Introductory Lectio Divina Workshop
Sat, 11 Jan 2020
1 days
Pacific West Coast US

All are invited to a workshop on Lectio Divina on Saturday January 11th 2020. Location is St Gall’s Catholic Community, 9 AM - 1 PM. 

Contact Name: 
Therese Coen
Contact Phone: 
775 9013839

Centering Prayer and Other Types of Prayer

Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: While I am not yet capable of Centering Prayer, my daily prayer period consists of intercessory and thanksgiving prayers as well as Scripture reading and reflection. Silence and solitude are important to me. From time to time I would suddenly become aware of something I needed to do, or write, or a call to make. I don't want to lose that thought so it would get threaded into my prayers. Is it better to interrupt and make a small note and return to prayer or to try and dampen the persistent reminder?