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…

Wednesday, May 9

Wednesday, Fifth Week of Easter


because without me you can do nothing…
(from John 15:1-8)


Benedictine Father Anselm Grün writes in his book, Heaven Begins Within You:  Wisdom from the Desert Fathers, We can find immeasurable riches in ourselves, in our soul, when we find God and all the possibilities God has given us.  Spelled out a little more, but definitely the same thing Jesus was trying to get across to his disciples in the short phrase from today’s Gospel.

Living in our American culture, and with our “do-it-yourself” mentality, this can be hard for us to grasp at times.  Some people have the habit at the end of each day of listing out those things for which they are thankful to God.  Some lists are short, some long, but the concept remains the same:  gratitude.  Some have called it developing an attitude of gratitude.  Giving thanks to God for His presence and action in your life.

What’s on your gratitude list today?