"Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart." Luke 2:19
MaryBeth Buschmann, Grace's retired Parish Nurse, has formed a small group of people to learn the practice of lectio divina ("holy reading"). Lectio divina is a gentle, contemplative way of encountering and praying scripture. It asks Christians to listen to the word of God with their hearts, to meditate and to pray.
As modern Christians we are more accustomed to encountering the words of the Bible with our minds. We discuss, study, memorize and recite. Lectio offers an alternative to all this verbal activity. It begins with stillness. Participants then listen to a passage of scripture, which may be read more than once, and then meditate, pray and contemplate. Rather than analyzing what they have read, they experience it, allowing the words to lead them to a greater awareness of God's presence and love.
Lectio divina has been practiced by Christians since the third century and is part of daily life in various monastic communities. You can read more about it online in Wikipedia or on a web page from St. Andrew's Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Valyermo, California.
If you would like to know more about the group at Grace or would like to participate, please contact MaryBeth (firstname.lastname@example.org).