Visio Divina, translated from Latin to “divine seeing,” is a form of prayer in which one meditates on sacred art. In this new CatholicTV YouTube series, host Katie Weiss will guide viewers through the steps of Visio Divina for 7 pieces of sacred art depicting themes from the life of the Holy Family. In this introductory video, Katie shares how praying with art brought healing in her own life and helped her discern God’s will. Katie is the founder of Behold, a ministry which leads women in praying with sacred art. We produced this series in collaboration with Behold, and we are so excited to share it with you! In this video you’ll also learn a bit about the history of Visio Divina, which has been practiced in the Church throughout the ages.
Steps of Visio Divina
Visio/Gaze – Look at the image and notice what strikes you.
Meditatio/Meditation – Prayerfully listen to the accompanying Scripture, being attentive to what words or phrases strike you. Spend time pondering the reflection questions for the image.
Oratio/Prayer – Speak to God about what you’re noticing. This is a conversation from your heart with the Lord.
Contemplatio/Contemplation – Simply rest with God. This is a time of divine intimacy.
Actio/Action – Ask God how he wants you to live out anything that came up during this time of prayer.
To learn about Behold Visio Divina and to access more resources, visit www.beholdvisiodivina.com.
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