If you follow what goes on in the Ukrainian Catholic Church, you will notice that our church leadership has been encouraging something called “Lectio Divina,” It is being encouraged by our Patriarch, Synod, bishops, priests and others.

Lectio Divina are two Latin words which literally mean, “Divine Reading”. It is praying with the Bible and meditation with the Word of God.

Some people think that it might be something that came from the Protestant churches, or maybe the Roman Catholic Church. Its beginning actually came from the 3rd century from a Father of the Eastern Church, Origin (185-254). He first used the term and stressed the importance of a contemplative reading of the Bible.

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It is a monastic practice of reading God’s word, meditating on it, praying over it, and then contemplating about it. It was the monastic system of getting from earth to heaven.

It developed throughout the centuries. It was the recent Popes who have been encouraging everyone to pray in this way. It is very helpful because our complicated modern society has left so many of us without the peace of soul that we all search for.

Today with the mass media and the internet, while we may be informed, we also see that we need special prayers and reflection to find peace for our souls.

From the beginning of the Church God has spoken to His people through Sacred Scripture. We discover the living God in our contemplation of the Word of God. God’s word gives us the strength to meet the challengers of our modern world.

Lectio Divinia may not be for everyone, but if your are serious about your faith, this is a very good way to contemplate about it.

As busy as we all are, we are realizing that real meaning in life, can be found, but sometimes we have to turn off the television, the phone, the internet and sit in silence with God’s Word.

From the time that we were young we knew that we came from God and will return to God. In 1 Cor. 2.9 we read, “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much dawned on man. What God has prepared for those who love Him.” The next line is important. “Yet God has revealed this wisdom to us through the Holy Spirit.” (1 Cor 2.10)

Sounds interesting and important? It is! Our church leaders are suggesting that Lectio Divina is an excellent way to look for this wisdom.

Lectio Divinia may not be for everyone, but if your are serious about your faith, this is a very good way to contemplate about it.

It involves silence and listening. It needs a quiet space.

Our spiritual giants, our famous martyrs, confessors of the faith, drew their strength through “Divine Reading”, by letting God speak to them.

Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. AM

This article was published in The Church and Life Newspaper

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