Sundays are sometimes (hopefully!) quieter days with less going on. It is the perfect day to spend some time reading and praying over the scriptures.
The Catholic Church encourages us to spend time in “Lectio Divina.” This is a Latin term for slowly, prayerfully, and reflectively reading over the Bible verses. It doesn’t have to be a long time; it just has to be a time of letting the verses speak to the heart.
I have a longer post with step-by-step instructions on how to pray the Scriptures (with a free pdf printable), but here is the gist of process:
- Find a quiet spot and say a quick prayer to the Holy Spirit for guidance and inspiration.
- Pick a short bible passage to pray over (a part of the Mass readings of the day is good) and read over the passage slowly and gently, imagining yourself present in the passage and listening to the words.
- After reading the passage, sit in silence and meditation, letting the words wash over you and speak to your heart.
- When your time is up, say a short prayer of thanksgiving.
Today, begin the wonderful habit of Lectio Divina. If you make it a regular habit, I guarantee it will change your life!
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