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 27 - St. Monica

Married Woman

O Lord, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar…
with all my ways you are familiar…

(Psalm 139)

These words from today’s Responsorial Psalm can be said uniquely by each one of us.  In many ways, God knows us even better than we know ourselves—and loves us in spite of our sinfulness.  Not that He loves the sin, but he does love the sinner and desires that the sinner turn to Him for healing and forgiveness.

St. Monica, who we honor today, knew a lot about hating the sin but loving the sinner.  Two of the people she loved fit that category:  her husband and her son, St. Augustine.  She had the joy of seeing both of them come to Christ. 

Is there someone in your family that you have been praying for to come back to the Church?  You’re in good company with St. Monica.  Entrust them to her intercession today.