Visio Divina


Visio divina is a form of lectio divina that combines holy reading with reflection on a Holy image.

1. We listen to the Word (lectio)

  • Listen for a word or phrase (contemplation)
  • Speak the word or phrase aloud

2. We gaze at the image and listen to the Word

  • Share with the group what you see and hear (meditation)
  • Explore the meaning of what you have encountered
  • Discuss together, listen attentively

3. Think of a personal story that relates to the disciple’s experience on the road

  • An experience of deep sadness (Cross)
  • Changed to an experience of “heart burning” or recognition (Resurrection)
  • You will be invited to share this story with the group

Mark 4:3-9

“Listen! A sower went out to sow. As he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”