Origen (182-254 AD) was the first to use the term lectio divina.(1) He used the term in a letter describing the importance of reading divine Scriptures by faith and prayer. Origen says that Christ will open the Word’s hidden meaning.(2)
In the short time since the third century AD, the practice of lectio divina is becoming more widely known in a world seeking deeper spirituality.
Pope Benedict XVI said in October 2008:
The Bible “must be read in the same Spirit in which it was composed.”(3)Here are ten articles on lectio divina for your link library(4):
1. Lectio Divina (explained) is slow, contemplative Bible reading in which God speaks to our heart and the Word fills our soul.
2. By the Orlando Roman Catholic Examiner
Lectio Divina, with a video describing the four-step and single-step methods.
3. At a Jesuit's web site
4. By the Carmelites
5. By Pluscarden Abbey, Scotland
6. By a Franciscan at his blog
7. At Fish Eaters
8. At QVDAYS
Lectio Divina in PDF -- The description of the "contemplation" phase of lectio is excellent and gives the essence of the goal of lectio divina.
9. By the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius (restoring the sacred in the Church)
10. At the Vatican's Official web site by an Auxiliary Bishop
The picture is A Vogue on a Flower by Thomas Hawk
(1) Lectio divina is pronounced:
(2) From a Pope Benedict XVI General Audience address May 2, 2007
(3) From a Pope Benedict XVI Angelus October 26, 2008
(4) This list of links to lectio divina resources is taken from my Oblate Spring web site. When I find a new link on lectio divina, I won't revise this blog entry, I will add any new links to the list lectio divina resources here. Check that page for the additions.