Return to the monastic tradition of hearing scripture read aloud in community through the practice of lectio divina. Allow the text to speak to you, and form a response to the text.
Select a scripture passage and begin by settling comfortably in a quiet place.
Read the text through one time to hear the story and the rhythm of the words.
After a time of silence, read the text a second time. This time, listen for a word or phrase that calls to you. Sit with that word or phrase during the quiet time following this reading.
During the third and final reading, pay attention to the passage from the perspective of the word or phrase that speaks to you. Pay attention to a divine message, image, or feeling that calls you to respond in some way.
After a time, share your experience with others, write a prayer, draw a picture, or meditate on your response.
The Wesleyan Quadrilateral suggests that mature faith is supported by four distinct markers: reason, scripture, tradition, and experience. How do you continue to balance your faith? How do you experience your faith? Things likeworship, prayer, music, art, and nature can foster faith experiences.
The Examen is a 500‐year‐old Ignatian practice of daily thoughtful recognition of God’s work in our lives over the past 24 hours, normally accompanied by journaling in order to note areas of growth and need that develop along our faith journey.
The five steps are:
1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow.
You can do this on your own, or use an online resource