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…

St. Benedict

Wednesday, March 21

The Passing of our Holy Father St. Benedict, Solemnity

The universal Church celebrates St. Benedict on July 11: in Europe as the Father of Europe and in America as the Patron of Western Monasticism.

For us Benedictines, our main feast is March 21, the solemnity of the Passing of our Holy Father Benedict so we have two special days featuring Benedict and what makes him special.

Benedict uses a number of images to describe what he sets out to do in founding a monastery.  “The school of the Lord’s service” has rich applications.

We not only enter this school as pupils, we live our entire lives as enrolled in the school of the Lord’s service.  A monastery is a way of making the Gospel concrete for a particular group of people.  Obedience, humility, charity, doing the will of God, use of goods, helping the poor, gift of self—there are as many ways of coming closer to God as there are individuals.  In his rule, Benedict, for those who feel called by God to live in a community under an Abbot, lays out the structure that move the generalities to daily living.

And we are always learning to follow Christ more deeply.  No matter how often we surrender our lives and our loved ones and our families and our communities and our country, there are always new situations that call us to give them to God.

Besides monks, nuns and Sisters living the Rule of St. Benedict, many lay people seed to incorporate the Gospel values by the insights and helps they glean from the Rule as Oblates.

You can check the web to find out where the nearest monastery is to you and information about your vocation:  vowed religious or lay Oblate.

Blessed feast day!