Lectio Lights from the Monastery

Reflections for the Day

Lights from Our Lectio:
The Gospel applied using the Prism of the Rule of St. Benedict

I am the light of the world (John 8:12).  The Gospel captures the light of Christ so that we might meet Him and see ourselves and our world through the light of His love and being.

St. Benedict applies the Gospel to daily living; through the prism of his Rule, separating the light of Christ into “various colors” as through a prism, allowing us to experience the light of Christ in various, pragmatic ways. 

May you find the light of Christ further refracted through our prayer and lectio, enlightening your mind and warming for your heart.

Reflection for day listed here below…

2013 September 11 - 23rd Week in Ordinary TIme


Today is the 12th anniversary of the strikes of terrorists in New York City, Washington DC and Shanksville, PA.  A few years ago on 9/11, I had an opportunity to visit this last location that is about an hour from the monastery.  It’s peaceful, rural setting makes it hard to imagine that a plane went down that was en-route to reek terroristic havoc. 

To the family and friends that joined with others to remember the bravery of those on Flight 93, the loss was still very real and you could see they were grieving.  Former First Lady Laura Bush was there that day, and she offered ongoing promises of prayer by herself and her husband.  You could see that she truly loved and suffered with these families—that they had become part of her family and she a part of theirs.  It was truly beautiful to witness.

Today’s Gospel reading according to St. Luke (6:20-26) is Christ teaching his disciples the Beatitudes.  Perhaps if we paid a little more attention to what Jesus taught, our lives would be less centered on ourselves and we would be more centered on others.  That in part is what happened on 9/11.  One group put their ideas and agendas above those of another.  Every life wasn’t seen as valuable.

May we learn from 9/11.  May we be a nation of compassion—and not a nation of war.