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Date: Feb 6, 2013

Lectio Divina is a form of prayerful meditation on the word of God.

There are four basic steps in lectio divina:
1. Reading -- What does this text actually say?
2. Meditation -- What does this text say to me? Try putting yourself into the passage.

3. Oratio (prayer) -- What do I want to say to God through this text?
4. Contemplation or action -- What difference might this text make in my life?

Pope Benedict XVI says that the monastic tradition of "lectio divina" is "truly capable of opening up to the faithful the treasures of God's word, but also of bringing about an encounter with Christ, the living word of God."

"In the same way, the Spirit too comes in the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings."
- Romans 8:26

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