Tips for Everyday Lectio Divina

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1. Make sure that the place of Lectio Divina and the time of day also allow you exterior silence, a necessary preliminary to interior silence.

“The Master is there and he calls you” (cf. Jn 11:28), and to hear his voice you must silence the other voices, to listen to the Word, you must lower the tone of your words.

2. If God called you to solitude, to silence, to a moment of dialogue with him, it is to speak to your heart.

The biblical heart is the center, the seat of the faculties

intellectuals of man,

it is the most intimate center of your person.

3. Take the Bible, put it in front of you with reverence because

it is the body of Christ, make the epiclesis, that is to say the invocation to the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit who presided over the generation of the Word, it is he who made it - spoken word or written word - through the prophets, the wise men, Jesus, the apostles, the evangelists, it is is

he who gave it to the Church and sent it intact to you.

4. Open the Bible and read the text. Never choose at random, because the Word of God is never eaten away. Obey the liturgical lectionary and accept this text that the Church offers you today, or read a book of the Bible from beginning to end, reading it cursively.

5. What does it mean to meditate? It is not easy to say. It means first of all to deepen the message that you have read and that God wants to communicate to you. It therefore requires effort, work, because reading must become attentive and deep reflection.

6. Now speak to God, answer him, answer his invitations, his calls, his inspirations, his requests, his messages which he addressed to you through the Word understood in the Holy Spirit.

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Excerpts from "Praying the Word" by Enzo Bianchi

© Éditions Albin Michel, 2014

ISBN: 978-2-226-33609-5

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