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Introduction to the Lectio Divina

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Members of the Catholic Women’s League in our parish have asked me to give them a one hour introduction to the “Lectio Divina”. They have scheduled it for June 17, 2006, a Saturday. I already have several materials prepared for the topic and are posted at Otium Sanctum. That should have been enough for a one-hour lecture. I could have simply downloaded them and wrote a lecture based on the materials. However, when I checked the web for a few more resources, I found out that some people have posted some interesting materials on the Lectio that I did not know about. Following are just some of these resources:

What is the Lectio? An interview with Card. Martini
Card. Martini mentions that even before the schema “lectio-meditatio-oratio-contemplatio” there was an older one recorded by St. Augustine. This is the schema “memoria-intellectus-voluntas”. If I am not mistaken, the schema is found in the second part of De Trinitate where precisely Augustine discusses the return of the soul to God through the “interior” faculties. This is interesting because it puts the “lectio divina” within the context of a return to God.
Two articles from Wilhelm Egger

I know W. Egger from a book he wrote on textual criticism. He is presently the Archbishop of Bolzano. Two articles of his are to me of extreme importance for the lectio since in these articles he integrates the “Four Senses of the Scriptures” within the dynamics of the lectio. The first article is found here and is entitled “La lectio divina con una traccia ai quattro sensi della scrittura”. The second article is about the four senses of the Scriptures: Alla ricerca del senso della scrittura
The Classical Monastic Practise of the Lectio Divina by Thomas Keating
The article breaks from the usual way of presenting the lectio, The author writes distinguishes the monastic from the scholastic form of the lectio and then proceeds to show that the latter divides the moments of the lectio into a ladder. The more original he writes — the one practised by the Fathers — is “circular” in that each stage of the lectio is in touch with the othes.
Guy the Carthusian’s Scala Claustralium
The classic manual of the Lectio Divina.

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