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Lecto Divina: An Ancient Prayer That is Ever New
     

Lecto Divina: An Ancient Prayer That is Ever New

by Mario Masini
 

What is lectio divina? Is it Bible study? Spiritual reading? Prayer? Or all three? Is it only for "religious" people or can it be practiced by anyone. These are just a few of the many questions that this small volume seeks to address in a down-to-earth and very practical way by presenting, in an easy-to-read and systematic way the "meaning" and the "steps"

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What is lectio divina? Is it Bible study? Spiritual reading? Prayer? Or all three? Is it only for "religious" people or can it be practiced by anyone. These are just a few of the many questions that this small volume seeks to address in a down-to-earth and very practical way by presenting, in an easy-to-read and systematic way the "meaning" and the "steps" involved. These include ways of listening to and interpreting the biblical text, taking the message to one's heart, sharing it with others, and finally witnessing to the word of God as a committed Christian.

Editorial Reviews

"This is a very handy and attractive paperback which... is a treasure trove of quotations from patristic and monastic traditions of prayer, the word of God, the spiritual journey. The insights of tradition ripple over the reader like living water: 'Reading and prayer in their alternation render the soul pure and strong, spurred on, as it were, by desire for God' (Basil). 'The Spirit inhabits Scripture as a light which causes the grace of God's Light to be set free' (Gregory of Nyssa). 'The Bible is but a cloud beyond which shines the sun of the living Word' (Alan of Lille)... Because of its many excellent ingredients, this book has positive uses as background reading for a study course or as enrichment for those who are already practicing lectio. But it could confuse a beginner." --Jerome Kodell, O.S.B.,, Subiaco Abbey in The American Benedictine Review, June 1999

"Lectio Divina is a much needed, concise, resource for both laypersons and scholars. Here is a book that provides original sources and contexts that ground the reader in the rich tradition of Christian spirituality. Lectio Divina is appropriate for both individual and groups undertaking the prayerful reading / listening to Scripture. I recommend it highly." --Karl A. Schultz, Director of Genesis Personal Development Center, Pittsburgh.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780818908132
Publisher:
St Pauls/Alba House Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Pages:
123
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Mario Masini is a professor of biblical exegesis at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of the "Marianum" in Rome and author of several publications on biblical subjects and prayer.

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