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 September 4 - 22nd Week in Ordinary Time


We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the holy ones because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.

These words from the beginning of St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians (1:1-8) are striking.  Can our faith community be described by such glowing terms of agape love that is self-emptying and puts us at the service of our brothers and sisters?  No doubt it wasn’t always easy, but the love of Christ that impelled the Church at Colossae was stronger than the base desires that had formerly controlled them.

What about us?  Can we learn to put aside that ever pervasive self-love, and learn that self-emptying love that will give us greater freedom and joy?  It won’t be easy, and yes, there will be times that we will backslide, but the Good News of Christ should impel us, and the sure knowledge of His love and mercy are always there to help us along the path.  The question is:  Are we willing to become more Christ-like to those we encounter in our every day lives?