© 2010 Vincentians Ireland
Provincial Office, St Pauls
There are four stages to the process of Lectio Divina. These are:
LECTIO: We read
MEDITATIO: Under the eye of god
ORATIO: Until the heart is touched
CONTEMPLATIO: And leaps into flame
In order to help explain this process more clearly, let us take a particular text as an example and work through the stages together. But first let us look at where we ourselves need to be.
LECTIO: We Read
“It is for these I pray;
I am not praying for the world,
but for those whom thou hast entrusted to me"
Read the passage again and again:
"It is for these I pray"
Think about it.
Who is Jesus praying for?
Look around you and listen to Jesus praying for the people by name.
Now he prays for you
You pray for others as Jesus prays for them
You allow Jesus to pray for you.
Simply listen to him prayerfully
CONTEMPLATIO: Lost in prayer
This may happen sometimes;
It may be a fleeting moment.
It may be a moment of joyous peace.
You feel your heart is lighter.
You think godly thoughts.