Lectio Divina – A Prayer for Spiritual Messages

The ancient Christian tongue twister name is lectio divina (pronounced lex-ee-oh dih-vee-nuh). This Latin phrase literally translates into English as “divine reading” and is something that you could use as an entrance prayer to allow spirits in if you want to get messages from Spirits, Angels, or your own Spirit Guides.  In Latin as in English, the adjective “divine” refers both to the material being read (the divine word) and the method of reading (an inspired approach).

Lectio is a way of deep prayer, of encounter with God. It involves reason and discursive thought, an inner exploration of meaning. It connects daily prayer both with the credal truths of the Christian tradition and with life’s current issues. Lectio fully engages the mind and the body as active partners in spiritual nourishment. Lectio has both an active mode and a receptive mode; both are essential to its practice. For example, the meditative lectio phrase is not the same as a mantra, which is intended to quiet mental thought in order to deepen spiritual centering. On the contrary, in lectio we use the gifted phrase as a means of interacting directly with the actual situations of life, evoking new images and possibilities that empower us to live in congruence with our faith. The lectio phrase is the fruitful word of God in the sense that Isaiah intends it:

For as the rains and snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

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