One of my readers asked about the difference between the practice of Lectio Divina and contemplation. Lectio Divina refers to prayerful reading of the Bible and contemplation is described as a beholding with the eyes of the heart the splendor of the Lord. The two activities are related. That is why, over the course of the last millennium, Lectio Divina is often written about as a method of prayer which culminates in contemplation. Guigo the Carthusian describes how a prayerful engagement with the Scriptures can take us:
- from reading and listening to a passage from the Bible (lectio)
- to prayerful reflection on the heart piercing truth the Lord discloses to us (meditatio)
- to the ardent offering of deep holy desires in prayer (oratio)
- to astonished wonder over the Lord who gazes on us in love (contemplatio).