women’s bible study
Monday 1:00-2:00 PM
Men’s Bible Study
We meet on the 2nd floor in the Newman Center
106 Broad Street
What is Sacred Scripture?
We believe God is the author of Sacred Scripture and to properly interpret any Scripture we must attain to the whole of Scripture. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Lectio divina is an ancient, yet straightforward way of praying. It literally means sacred reading in Latin, but it simply refers to prayerfully reflecting on Scripture. There are four steps that lectio divina follows:
Reading - Take only a few lines to a paragraph. Read so as to listen. What is God saying to me? Read slowly, and repeatedly.
Meditation - Having read the passage, start thinking about it. Perhaps a word or phrase will jump out as especially meaningful. Stay with it, repeat it, ponder it. Sometimes, it helps to use your imagination: imagine yourself as a character in the story, picture details in the scene, etc. Recall that you are listening for what GOD is saying.
Prayer - Here you petition God based on your meditation. Ask the Lord for something brought to mind by your reflection on the passage. Don’t worry about being eloquent - speak from the heart.
Contemplation - Sometimes a sense of the Lord’s loving presence will come upon you. Active thinking and praying will stop, and you’ll simply rest in the Lord’s presence.