“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word,
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Testimonies from lectio divina participants

The testimony of someone for whom Lectio Divina is not easy

As an inveterate bookworm, linguistical explorer and a confirmed Martha, spending half an hour with a paragraph of text and without dictionaries or the Internet is so not my thing. Psalms and poetic passages I can just about ‘do’ – rejoicing in euphony, rolling phrases round and finding some of the closeness in words that I more often sense in a silent empty space or on a cliff-top or in a storm. But narrative sections? Parables I’ve known since childhood? Yes, there are times when I cannot still my mind enough to pray and get caught in the frustration of foretold futility but now & again, once or twice, something has come through the voice of another or the wanderings of my pen. So, while lectio divina is not a regular part of my personal prayer life, I continue with it.

The experience of a Lectio Divina group leader

I have found that as the group progresses the gathering becomes more and more tailor-made, that means I am more geared to the needs and understanding of the individuals. In the beginning most were cautious about sharing, now, after 18 months, the group has become confident and there is a great feeling of trust and mutual understanding. These feelings are reflected back to me, as well as a great feeling of peace afterwards and that the depth of the lectio divina is intangible. Some tell me in private that they have received answers and guidance with some problem they have been struggling with.

Leading a Lectio Divina group has helped me enormously; it means I have to practice what I preach as well as inspiring me to delve more into the Rule (of Saint Benedict) and Scripture. It also affects the way I listen to sermons and readings. I realise it is very much my way of becoming more and more of what God wants me to be and do.

My Lectio Divina meeting looks like this: 

Once a month, meeting at 3 p.m.

Up to 7 people, a mixture of Catholics and Anglicans, may come, each one receives a printout of invocation, prayer, preparation, text, next meeting, pencils.

Welcome
Invocation
Prayer – thanksgiving and praise
Preparation: Coming into the presence of God
                     Comfortable position and breathing
                     Listening to sounds outside, inside, inside body
                     Capture the words that speak to you
Maybe a few words about the transforming God’s Word, or something from the Rule (this varies)
Lectio Divina – read several times the biblical text, last time very slowly
Maximum of 10-15 minutes contemplation
Sharing – I use a stone that is passed from one to another
Intercessory prayer – personal and for the group
Chat and tea – which is always very animated and rewarding

I find lectio divina is inspirational and inviting to a more prayerful approach and understanding of God's Word, not only in words and deeds, but uplifting and transforming, however gradual, transcending mundane affairs.

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