Take The Challenge



is 14 min and 24 sec
(let's round up to 15 min)


given to God in focused prayer will change your life

We would like to challenge you to


spend just 1% of your day 

every day 


with Scripture through a Catholic tradition called lectio divina.


How do you do Lectio Divina?

Read the passage slowly, possibly outloud, listening for a word, phrase, or image that stands out to you, that God might be calling to your attention. Repetition is good; re-read passage 2 or 3 times.

Let your mind ponder the passage or the word/phrase/image that stands out to you. Think about the setting, imagine the event, put yourself in the story as one of the bystanders or main characters.

Begin a conversation with God. Remember, He cares deeply about every aspect of your life. Talk to God as you would a parent, a sibling, or a trusted friend. Ask God to show you how this passage applies to you, and where you need His renewal in your life. Or, if words do not seem adequate, just rest in the silence. If appropriate, write down a resolution or an application to your life from your meditation. Ask God to empower you to live it out.

“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:11). Words in prayer are helpful and necessary, but as in any close relationship, silence is also important and necessary. Spend a few minutes in restful silence, allowing God room to work in you in ways that you may not perceive. Allow the meditations and prayers of the day to move from your mind to your heart as you linger in the Father’s loving embrace.

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Lectio for Kids Suggestions

  • Try to do this as a family
  • Start small with children, begin with 5 minutes and work your way up.

For children it is often best to use well-known parables or stories about Jesus

  • For younger children it can often be best to use a good picture Bible or Bible based storybook along with the scripture
  • Have children draw out images from the scripture that stand out to them
  • Have children imagine themselves in the story and what they experience with their senses (sounds, sights, smells, tastes, touch)

Do you want to take an extra step and grow a little deeper in your faith?  We have small groups here at St. Max and now is a great time to join!

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