Praying the Scriptures with Lectio Divina

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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.

Find the transcript of the video here, where you can also learn more about Becky’s book Busy Lives & Restless Souls, perfect for the parents of those we teach (and us!).

Share in the comments your experiences praying lectio divina with young people.

About Denise Gorss 115 Articles
Denise Gorss is a catechist with more than 20 years experience, mostly in junior high. She appreciates the gifts of Ignatian spirituality and likes sharing various types of prayer with the young people in her groups. She enjoys seeing the world on pilgrimages and lives in the Chicago area, where she works as Web Editor at Loyola Press.


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