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…

Monday, March 26

Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity


Perhaps Mary on this feast day spoke the most powerful words in history; words that simply did not alter the course of natural history but also brought about the Incarnation and our salvation.  An unbeliever might ask what were those words?  “I am the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word.”

Power brokers of our day would think about major wealthy players or the leaders of government or even the leaders of terrorist groups.
They would make their weight felt, people would know they hold peace and war within their hands and decisions.  But a very young woman responded “Yes” to a messenger from God and the world was changed. 

What power lies in our hearts!  We can say “no” to God’s ideas and nullify them! On the contrary, we can pray with Mary, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word” and we become instruments of God’s design for the world.

Happy Feast Day!