For readers longing to see the world more beautifully and deeply and become more attentive and present. In seeing the God of all creation who has always been "hidden in plain sight"--a presence that shows forth in each and every creature--Lectio helps us see patterns and non-patterns of divine presence.
An ancient tradition dating back to the third century, Lectio Divina has long served as an avenue of contemplative prayer, but the practice has often been systematized, intellectualized, or only practiced by monastics. Few authors have attempted to universalize Lectio using contemporary language or approach it from a Franciscan perspective. St. Paul says that the Word of God is alive and active in our hearing, and if the incarnation is true, then the Word can be experienced in all places. Lectio, therefore, is not only a spiritual practice for reading sacred texts but can be applied to any felt experience. Our experiences, too, are sacred: the question is whether or not we will acknowledge their depth and beauty. In Franciscan Lectio, Fr. Dan Riley comes alongside readers in their own encounters with Lectio and inspires their spiritual imagination through story, art, poetry, nature, Franciscan mysticism, and, yes, scripture, helping them to see that all of life is unitive and sacred.