M. Basil Pennington (Author),

Lectio Divina

Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures

Lectio Divina, a spiritual discipline practiced for more than a thousand years, has undergone a recent resurgence in popularity. Father Pennington introduces the method of contemplative listening that opens us to an experience of God’s…

Anyone who desires to learn how to pray with, from and through the sacred scriptures will be enriched by this book. The author, well known for his work in the area of centering prayer, describes lectio…
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  • Title: Lectio Divina
  • Subtitle: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures
  • Page Count: 184
  • Available Formats: Trade-paper (9780824517366)
  • Edition: Trade Paper
  • Original language: English
  • Retail US: Trade-paper (16.95)
  • Retail Canada: Trade-paper (18.95)
  • Retail Canada: 18.95

M. Basil Pennington (Author)

M. Basil Pennington (1931-2005) was a Trappist of St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, MA. He was a friend of Thomas Merton, co-founder of the Centering Prayer movement, and received an unprecedented invitation to Mount Athos, later darshan from Mother Teresa and Bede Griffiths.

  1. "In this day of widespread interest in spiritual reading, the practice of lectio divina (literally, "divine reading") has sparked renewed interest among Catholics who have reclaimed their ancient contemplative heritage and among those generally interested in prayer and meditation. In the first millennium, when a majority of people were unable to read for themselves, lectio divina involved hearing passages from the Bible during church services or sometimes being given a word or phrase by a spiritual mentor. Pennington, a Trappist monk and author of books on centering prayer, monastic life, and Thomas Merton, emphasizes the experiential aspects of the practice, noting that the intent is not to study Bible passages for knowledge but to deepen awareness of God's presence. Suitable for theological collections and large public libraries."
    --Library Journal

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