What is Lectio Divina, and how can it help me to discern my vocation? Lectio Divina is Latin for "divine reading" or "sacred reading." In his Rule, St. Benedict prescribed up to five hours of Lectio Divina per day for his monks! Most of us don't have that kind of time, but even a short time spent in Lectio is very beneficial.
Once you have chosen your passage, and you have at least ten minutes of time to spend, find a quiet place to do your Lectio. You may want to begin with the Sign of the Cross or a brief prayer asking the Holy Spirit to help you understand God's words.
The way we do Lectio is different from the way we would scan a newspaper article, skim a textbook looking for key words, or devour a gripping novel in order to find out what happens in the end. When we do Lectio, we read slowly, savouring the words like fine food. The monks and nuns of old called this, "Listening with the ear of the heart." We read prayerfully, trusting that God will speak to us through His Word. We are not at all worried about "getting through" a certain number of pages or "finishing" anything. God is not in any hurry. Lectio is slow.
As you read your passage through several times, you may notice that a word or a phrase on the page seems to jump out at you. For some reason, that word or phrase or image or idea really gets your attention. If this does not happen, that's okay too. Our Lectio may speak to us more powerfully some days than others.
Perhaps you have the desire for God to speak to your heart. If so, you can stop waiting for the heavens to open; instead, take up the Word and read.