Lectio divina is an ancient method of praying the Scriptures. The name means “sacred reading,” and the prayer invites slow reading and praying with a Scripture passage. In the video below, Becky Eldredge, a spiritual director and author of Busy Lives & Restless Souls, explains lectio divina.
Suggested Uses for the Video
- Use this video in your catechetical classroom with older students to introduce this prayer form. Then lead an experience of lectio divina with the young people. Finding God Grade 7, for instance, introduces this prayer as a complement to several sessions, so the Scripture passage for reflection ties meaningfully to the chapter theme.
- Share the link to the video and transcript with the parents in your program, and invite them to try this form of prayer at home.
- Watch the video as a great complement to this free parent-child session on Introducing Catholics to the Bible, which includes an experience of lectio divina.
Share in the comments your experiences praying lectio divina with young people.