Meditation with Scripture

One of the spiritual practices for both the Marian Catechist in formation and the Consecrated Marian Catechist is daily meditation, beginning with at least ten minutes and advancing to a minimum of fifteen minutes as one approaches Consecration. Meditation refers to, in the words of Saint Paul, “having the eyes of your hearts enlightened” (Eph. 1:18). It is a means by which we invite the Holy Spirit to perfect our understanding of Divine Revelation.

In the language of the Catechism, “Christians owe it to themselves to develop the desire to meditate regularly, lest they come to resemble the three kinds of soil in the parable of the sower (Mk 4:4-7; 15-19). But a method is only a guide; the important thing is to advance, with the Holy Spirit, along the one way of prayer: Jesus Christ” (CCC 2707).

We highly recommend the use of meditation with Sacred Scripture known as lectio divina, which is explained in the article, "Intimacy with Jesus Through Scripture." We may also use other aids to meditation, for example, sacred images, such as icons of Our Lord, or the writings of the Fathers of the Church.

Finally, we encourage you to read the fine article, "Daily Meditation," written by the Apostolate’s Spiritual Director, Msgr. Roger Scheckel. He provides an explanation of meditation, answers some commonly-asked questions, and offers other helpful advice.