Read the Bible and pray with it

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

June 25, 2012

OTTAWA – Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast urged Catholics to keep a Bible in their home, read it alone or with family and friends and pray with it, especially through the practice of lectio divina.

Jesus had the words of Scripture "on his lips," Prendergast said June 7 at Ottawa's Diocesan Feast.

"We Catholics should follow his perfect example."

Lectio divina involves wrestling with the original meaning of a text from the Bible, responding to it with a prayer of praise, petition or sorrow, and then entering into contemplation, he said.


"This contemplation will help you grasp the change that God's Word is calling for in your life."

Prendergast noted Pope Benedict has added a final stage to the process of lectio divina: action.

That involves moving "from a changed heart in accordance with God's will" to live out "what God's Word calls us to do."