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…

Friday, March 16

Friday, Third Week of Lent


Assyria will not save us,
nor shall we have horses to mount;
We shall say no more, ‘Our god,’
to the work of our hands.

(from Hosea 14:2-10)


In the last several years we have learned that a number of things we had counted on, been assured of, assumed they would provide security have failed in their saving power.

The economy has buckled, houses that were considered investments and would always increase in value went down, stocks fell, banks were questioned on their abilities and honesty, inside trades were disclosed, IRA nose-dived, and people lost long time jobs and had trouble to find others.

Even though we would have said that all these things could not “save” us, practically speaking we had huge trust in the whole schematic to rest back and enjoy a nice retirement. 

How often do we rely on the “work of our hands” whether it is our daily schedule, where we are going to school, the school of our choice, save money and make this improvement, etc?

Oh, turn our hearts and minds to you, O Lord.