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…

Sunday, May 27

Pentecost

Come, O Holy Spirit, come!
From Your bright and blissful Home
Rays of healing light impart.

Come, Father of the poor,
Source of gifts that will endure
Light of every human heart.

You of all consolers best,
Of the soul most kindly Guest,
Quickening courage do bestow.

In hard labor You are rest,
In the heat You refresh best,
And solace give in our woe.

O most blessed Light divine,
Let Your radiance in us shine,
And our inmost being fill.

Nothing good by man is thought,
Nothing right by him is wrought,
When he spurns Your gracious Will.

Cleanse our souls from sinful stain,
Lave our dryness with Your rain,
Heal our wounds and mend our way.

Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful who in You,
Trust with childlike piety,
Deign Your sevenfold gift to send.

Give them virtue’s rich increase,
Saving grace to die in peace,
Give them joys that never end.

(Sequence for Pentecost)

We are familiar with the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, but the Sequence shown above only comes into our liturgy once a year and it is full of treasures to mine—and a tremendous text to take to prayer. 

It is a dialog between us and the Holy Spirit, a time of prayer and petition.  Today, when we celebrate and coomemorate the the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles after Christ’s Ascension, pray over the words of the Sequence for Pentecost.  Make the words your own as you invite the Holy Spirit to move powerfully in your life.

Come, O Holy Spirit, come!