The power of praying with the Holy Scriptures

By Jo Hayes, 7 February 2024
Close up of a woman's hands on top of a bible
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Seven years ago, my life was radically changed when a religious sister introduced me to Lectio Divina—”divine reading.” It’s an ancient monastic practice of prayerfully reading, and meditating on, the Sacred Scriptures.

I will never forget that 2017 meeting with that religious sister. As I shared with her the challenge of my life balancing act, she asked me a question that has forever changed me: “Jo, do you read the Word of God every day?”

In a moment, I knew my answer. I knew it wasn’t what it should be.

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Jo Hayes has recently launched – a practical what/why/how to the ancient monastic practice of Lectio Divina. You can find out more about Jo at

Reproduced with permission from The Catholic Weekly, the news publication of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.


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