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 9 - Peter Claver

Presbyter, Religious, Missionary
Memorial


I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his Body, which is the Church… (Col 1:24-2:3)

Offer it up!  That phrase was well known over a half century ago.  Now, some people are aghast at the concept.  Offer it up?  No!  You should be having compassion for my suffering, my affliction.

What happens when we offer it up?  First, we go outside of ourselves, and away from that insidious temptation t self-pity. Next we think of someone else.  Most importantly, we take whatever is happening be it a trial, temptation, suffering, etc., and ask God to bless Iit and make something beautiful from it.

What about you?  How do you approach the crosses and trials of life?  Do you make them redemptive?  Or do you waste the opportunity?