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…

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Theresa Benedicta of the Cross
(Edith Stein)
Virgin and Martyr


“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me…” (Matthew 16:24-28).  What an awesome challenge!  And one that countless saints throughout the ages. 

Today’s feast celebrates a martyr of modern times.  Edith was raised Jewish, became an atheist.  It was after reading the autobiography of another Teresa (of Avila) that she became Catholic and 11 years later entered Carmel.  Nine years later she died at Auschwitz, she was not quite 51 years old.  Her religious name, Theresa Benedicta of the Cross expresses a deep desire to know the Crucified Christ and to imitate Him. 

We are all called to a deeper union with Christ, union with God.  It is the aim and goal of our lives.  Theresa Benedicta found it in discovering first Catholicism and then answering the growing desire to follow Christ radically through a vocation as a Carmelite nun.  She was a well respected and gifted teacher, yet she gave all the trappings of the world away so that she could respond to the call to follow Jesus.

May we, too, look past the trappings of the world and see where Christ is calling us, how is He asking us to deny ourselves, take us our cross and follow Him?