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 August 28 - St. Augustine

Bishop, Doctor of the Church

...we…give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God… 

What a mouthful! And what an example of humility! St. Paul in speaking to the Church at Thessalonica is reminding them of how they came to believe in God and the resurrection of his Son, Christ our Lord.

Humility is a virtue of great value, yet so many of us struggle with the difference between humility and being humiliated. In his book,Heaven Begins Within You, Michael Casrey writes: By descending into our earth-boundedness (humility is derived from humus, or soil) we come into contact with heaven, with God. When we find the courage to climb down into our passions, they lead us up to God.

St. Paul knew and understood this important teaching. It could also be said that humility is allowing God to be God and our taking the back seat.

Take a few moments to reflect on who is God in your life. Is He in the driver’s seat or are you? St. Augustine got it right, will we?