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 08 02 - First Friday Devotion

Friday, 17th Week in Ordinary Time

First Friday Devotion

“In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.”  These words of Christ to St. Margaret Mary Alacocue in the 17th century are addressed to us today. 

With our monastic chapel dedicated Cor Jesu, image of Christ’s pierced heart, his Most Sacred Heart is placed before our eyes every time we see, hear, or utter the name of our chapel to guests and visitors.  It’s meant to help us to remember Christ’s injunction to make our hearts like unto His. 

Today’s Gospel reading from St. Matthew (13:54-58), displays Jesus’ patience and long-suffering at the lack of faith he found in the people of his native place.  Are we like them, though?  Do we perhaps “know” Him so well, that we fail to give Him the proper honor?  The proper faith in Him?

O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, make our hearts like unto Thine!