I’m trying to identify the name of an old tradition dating back (as far as I know) to the time of Saint Francis of Assisi.
The tradition is that one opens the bible three times (at random), and then the interpretation of the three passages is supposed to form some sort of spiritual direction. The use of the number “3” in the Bible has many different connotations, so a specific example of this may help to clarify exactly what I mean. A perfect example would be in the little flowers of saint francis chapter #2 when Saint Francis and Brother Bernard use this technique to discern how they should conduct themselves with respect to Brother Bernard’s confusion.
Today the tradition is sometimes (humorously) called “Bible Bingo”, but I’m pretty sure Saint Francis had a better name for it.
Any help much appreciated.