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Lectio Divina: More Formative Than Informative

The practice of lectio divina, developed through the monastic centuries, could bring healing to those who had been blinded by sin.  Reading would illuminate them and they would come to see themselves as they really are before God.  Monastic reading was the first (and necessary) step in a process of transformation that would lead through meditation to contemplation.  Through lectio readers acquired a sense of order of the world and their place within it.  The words read spoke to monastic readers and gave meaning to their lives.  Such reading was more formative than informative.  Page 17

From:  Reading to Live: The Evolving Practice of Lectio Divina
By: Raymond Studzinski, OSB

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