Lectio Divina, Holy Reading | Spiritual Direction - The Work, J.R. Mahon

I’m hoping you fall in love with the spiritual practice, Lectio divina.

Lectio divina (pronounced "lec-tsee-oh di-vee-nah"), Latin for “sacred reading,” “divine reading,” or “holy reading,” 

Lectio is a spiritual practice. It’s been used for thousands of years. The idea, scripture comes alive as you read it. It inspires, moves and helps you deeply connect with the Divine. 

There are four steps to Lectio: 

  1. Reading 

    1. Choose and read a small scripture, that same scripture is used for all four steps / What word or phrase captures your attention? Repeat it gently. (you may find reading out loud helps greatly)

  2. Mediation  

    1. As you read for a second time - Reflect on what was just read. Listen deeply, what speaks to your heart as you read.

  3. Prayer

    1. As you read it for a third time - Respond. Allow yourself the opportunity to act… ask questions, talk, petition, worship. 

  4. Contemplation

    1. As you read for a fourth and final time - Rest, contemplate… simply “be with” God. Allow the Divine to speak through the scripture. 

Remember, my number one moto - you can’t screw up spiritual practice. Whatever metrics you create for spiritual practice cut it in half. Give yourself the opportunity to flourish, EXAMPLE… If you are just starting Lectio and want to do it five days a week… do it three days and work into five. 

Questions - jr@jrmahon.com or call 619.964.0337


Are you interested in working with J.R.? Here’s how to get started.

Step 1. Schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consult. Do that here.

Step 2. Watch your email for questions from me. Before we hop on the phone, I’d like to know a bit about you and what you’d like to get out of spiritual direction or coaching with me.

Step 3. Hit “reply” to that email and answer the questions.

Step 4. At the scheduled time of your consult, we’ll talk! We’ll use the opportunity to make sure we’re the perfect fit.

Step 5. Then we’ll get started! If you decide to work with me, I’ll tell you the exact steps for getting started. If you decide not to work with me or if we aren’t a perfect fit, I’m happy to share other resources to help you get what you need.

Have questions? You can call me… 619.964.0337




J.R. Mahon