What Lectio Divina Does

What Lectio Divina Does

Fr. Placid contributes a teaching on Lectio Divina:  "What is a good and apt description of Lectio Divina?  In the novel, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet is handed a letter from Mr. Darcy, following a disastrous marriage proposal.  Upon reading the letter, she is startled that it challenges her assumptions about him and makes her reflect on her possible prejudice against Mr. Darcy.  She reads the letter several times to remind her of certain events until she has almost memorized it by heart.  It changes her thinking and behavior regarding Mr. Darcy.  She states, “Till, that moment, I did not know myself.”

This is how Lectio Divina works as a prayer and a motivator for on-going conversion.  Sometimes passages from Scriptures, or the Fathers of the Church, or any spiritual reading challenges our behavior, implicit bias, and sometimes our need to protect ourselves from “bad press”.  By re-reading and meditation the process of Lectio Divina leads us to a deeper understanding of what God is inviting us to: a deeper loving relationship with Him and others and away from selfish thinking, ideas and their impact on our behavior.  The prayer and contemplation aspects of Lectio Divina is indeed prayer and communion, but also way of discerning God’s acting on us and to break out of modes that impedes this progress towards Him.

As a prayer, Lectio Divina always invites us to a deeper level of Love, Humility and being like to Christ to all we meet."

 

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Prayer

Cistercian monastic life gives primary place of chanting the Opus Dei or Divine Office in community as well as personal time spent in sacred reading which fulfill the monk's sacred duty of seeking God.

Hospitality

Cistercian monastic life allows rooms for guests because all guests are to be received as Christ.  We never know if we have entertained angels.

Life in Common

Cistercian monastic life is communal:  We share all things in common as did the early Christian community so as to live in greater charity and union with Christ.