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The Authors of Lectio Divina


Fr. Carlos was born in the Netherlands on 20 October 1931. In 1949, while he was still a student in the Carmelite minor seminary, he and seven other companions went to Brazil in order to become missionaries.

What is Lectio Divina?

"Lectio Divina", a Latin term, means "divine reading" and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us. In the 12th century, a Carthusian monk called Guigo, described the stages which he saw as essential to the practice of Lectio Divina. There are various ways of practicing Lectio Divina either individually or in groups but Guigo's description remains fundamental.

Lectio Divina - Christ's central place in this Process

Christ, the only mediator between God and man

When we are doing Lectio Divina, that is to say when we open ourselves to listen to God, we are facing Christ. Christ is the Word the Father has given to us, his only word, and he asks us to listen to himself attentively. Christ, who is both God and man, is the only mediator between God and us.

Carmelite reflections on Lectio Divina – the prayerful reading of the Bible

translated by Míceál O’Neill, O.Carm.


Lectio Divina (‘holy reading/listening’) is the ancient method of prayerfully reading the Bible, the Word of God. Originally cultivated by monastic orders – but now an important part of the lives of many Christians from different traditions – Lectio Divina enables us to contemplate God and God’s will in our lives. If prayed regularly, Lectio can deepen our relationship with God.

Scripture and Lectio Divina

Attentiveness to God's Word in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, is essential to all Christians. Throughout its 800 years, Carmelite spirituality has placed a particularly strong emphasis on pondering Scripture. Carmelites, whether lay or religious, are expected to spend some time each day taking up the Bible.

Liturgical Year C

The Liturgical Year celebrates the Mystery of Christ

What is Lectio Divina?

"Lectio Divina", a Latin term, means "divine reading" and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whe

As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."