Friday, December 18, 2009

The Catholic Prayer Bible: Lectio Divina Edition. A Benedictine oblate blog

Paulist Press’s web site announced the February 2010 publication of The Catholic Prayer Bible: Lectio Divina Edition. I think it’s my next book purchase.

Lectio divina is Latin for divine reading.

While I follow a slightly different method of lectio divina (described here), than the four-step process described by Paulist Press, The Catholic Prayer Bible: Lectio Divina Edition seems structured to help the reader be “led to prayer through meditation on [the Biblical] passage” which is the essence of lectio divina regardless of how it is further explained when people are told "how to do lectio divina."

Being led in prayer and meditation by God while reading the Bible distinguishes lectio divina from the more analytical methods of reading — which are other ways Christians should study the Bible, and, which of course, should also be based in prayer.

I could not find a place on the Paulist Press's web site to order the book now, an alert reader may be able to find one, and I will try to post ordering information as soon as it is available. However, here is Paulist Press's Home Page so you can order it from them when available. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and Autom.

Paulist Press has these other lectio divina books. There is renewed interest in the ancient monastic practice of lectio divina:



Pictures are from the Paulist Press


  1. Kim @ Transitus TiberDecember 19, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    "I think it’s my next book purchase" - me too! :D

  2. Hi Kim, thanks for the commet.

    There are more and more lectio divina resources in the Catholic Church and even among our Christian brothers and sisters and those who seek God.

    I am hoping to see "The Catholic Monastic Bible: Desert Fathers Edition."  Well, I can dream.

  3. New, catholic bible blog

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  4. Hi jj,  thanks for giving the link to your new blog that should help Catholics learn the Bible.