Lectio Divina required for priests/deacons?


#1

Just curious… I know many people pray the Lectio Divina, and I am looking into how this is done, but are priests and/or deacons required to pray this or is it just something they may choose to do?

I’m discerning the call to the permanant diaconate, and I have been praying the Liturgy of the Hours now for a few years and am comfortable with it, but was looking to deepen my prayer life with God and stumbled upon the Lectio Divina.

Thanks and God Bless all!!

John


#2

Lectio Divina is a form of comtemplative prayer & bible reading that may be done by anyone. The Magnificat sometimes gives a monthly synopsis on the subject. Also, there is a Lectio Divina Bible edition. It may be purchased at any Catholic book store. But here is a link.

www.paulistpress.com


#3

Not required but up to personal choice. Lectio requires some significant quiet time to do properly so it is not always possible. But when the choice is possible, choose “yes”.


#4

By the way, I highly reccomend the book my spiritual director suggested:

rakuten.com/prod/sacred-reading/30229523.html?listingId=331360823&scid=pla_google_SynergyDataInc&adid=17260&gclid=CLjWusmDmL8CFTJo7AodIU8AVQ


#5

Thanks all, I appreciate it.

Deacon Jeff, I saw that book yesterday too recommended by a number of different people/sites and I ordered it so it should be arriving soon. I look forward to learning more about how to do this as it sounds immensely rewarding.


#6

It’s not required, but it is a great thing for some people. Prayer is not the same for everyone. The only thing required is the Liturgy of the Hours, which is prayed for the whole Church.


#7

Deacon Jeff, I have been reading the book you listed. I have not gotten to the meat of the book yet, but just curious… when you say significant quiet time to do it properly, how much time are you talking about? 1 hour? 2 + hours?

John


#8

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