Lectio Divina will bring about a new spiritual springtime in the Church, Benedict recommends

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On the occasion of the 40th anniversary Dei Verbum in 2005, Pope Benedict made what I think is a brilliant claim that lectio divina will be instrumental in bringing a new era in the Church. The Pope said: 

In this context, I would like in particular way to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of "Lectio divina": "the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart" (cf. "Dei Verbum," n. 25). If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church -- I am convinced of it -- a new spiritual springtime. (16 September 2005)


The cited passage is part of the reason my website is named the oblate spring. The site is for those interested in learning about Benedictine oblates. It is a website helping lay people find deep spirituality in the ancient practices that were once far more common among all Christians. Pope Benedict XVI — even in the selection of his name — has greatly fostered such renewal.

great post.... I have been trying to practice lectio divina instead of just reading the bible alone.... I believe it is much better way of doing it...

lectio divina is THE gift of the Benedictines to the Church and I am convinced, as many others are, that our faithfulness to lectio divina will be bring a vigor to the Church lived in our particular vocation.


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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.



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