What Is Lectio Divina?

In this video, Fr. Josh Johnson teaches us how to read Scripture prayerfully and come away with something we can do to improve our faith in God. He demonstrates how lectio divina is a helpful guide in our walk toward eternity. For more on Catholic prayer, try Ascension’s study program Oremus: A Guide to Catholic … Continued

How to Pray Lectio Divina – Part 1

Father Mark Toups explains how to pray lectio divina using the ancient form of Catholic prayer. This four part lesson is taken from the comprehensive eight part study, Oremus, A Guide to Catholic Prayer. The Oremus study goes even further teaching the essentials of effective and fruitful prayer, how to express oneself to God in … Continued

How to Pray Lectio Divina – Part 2

Father Mark Toups teaches how to meditate on the Word of God, explaining how to discern what the Lord is saying to you in your life. Reflecting on personal experience, he shares what implications certain Scripture texts had in his life, and teaches how you can make a Bible passage your own message from God.

How to Pray Lectio Divina – Part 4

In this final part, Father Mark Topus teaches his audience to rest in God’s presence, explaining the mystery of contemplation. This intense form of prayer is where God strengthens us with his power, making our prayers effective and fruitful, so we may be rooted in his love.

How to Pray Lectio Divinia – Part 3

Father Mark Toups shares how to talk to God and with God about everything in “oratio,” or prayer. Effectively explaining the power of this third step of Lectio Divina, he teaches that God is active, alive, real and present in our lives, ready to speak to us when we come to him in prayer. Learn … Continued

What Should We Talk to God About? Everything.

Should we really talk to God about everything? There are a lot of different kinds of prayers (liturgical, litanies, the rosary, the chaplet of divine mercy, etc.), but today Father hones in on mental prayer. Mental prayer—including lectio divina and Ignatian prayer—is about having a conversation with God and inviting him into your mind and … Continued

Praying the Rosary with St. Joseph

Happy Year of St. Joseph! Today, Fr. Mark-Mary shares the prayer that has brought him closest to the foster-father of Jesus. Although there may not be any words attributed to St. Joseph in the Bible, he is an essential part of salvation history, and deserves much more recognition than is granted him. One way you … Continued

How to Read and Understand the Whole Bible

The first thing you should do to start reading and understanding the Bible well is get a Catholic Bible you know you will be inspired to read if you don’t have one already.  For beginners, start with the Gospels. Take fifteen to thirty minutes to read over a paragraph or a chapter. Lectio divina, or … Continued

Reconciling the Body of Christ (An Interview with Fr. Josh Johnson)

Fr. Mike Schmitz sits down with Fr. Josh Johnson to discuss racial division in the Church and how Catholics can strive to restore unity in the Body of Christ. Fr. Josh emphasizes that he is not infallible, so it’s okay to disagree with anything he says that doesn’t lead you closer to Christ, but he … Continued

How Do You Pray with the Bible?

You know you should be praying. But do you ever wish someone would show you how? Fr. Mike starts by showing us how to pray with the Bible with a time-honored method called lectio divina. Typically it consists of five steps: Read a short snippet of Scripture, a few verses. (This is the “lectio” part.) … Continued

Have You Mastered the Basics of Your Faith?

Fr. Mike makes the case that, before you claim a certain “style” in practicing the faith, you have to master the basics. He tells a story about when he was learning guitar. The teacher told his students to hold their guitar on an angle with their left knee higher than their right. This way they … Continued

What Do We Do in Adoration?

There are many things we can do during Eucharistic Adoration, but to make the time most effective there are certain things we should do. Fr. Josh puts forth some simple guidelines you can use to help you improve your relationship with God in the Blessed Sacrament. We ought to kneel before the Lord, but if … Continued