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…

Tuesday, May 8

Tuesday, Fifth Week of Easter


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give it to you…  (from John 14:27-31a)


“Peace”:  we work so hard to attain it and Jesus tells us that it is a gift!  Just today a first time visitor commented how peaceful St. Emma’s is.  Pax, the Latin word for peace, adorns most monastery entrances; ours is no exception.

Today I responded again by saying that we work hard to allow the peace of Christ come into our hearts.  If peace were easy, then the headlines of the world would be very different!  Sin and the divisiveness it brings precludes Christ peace. 

We need to ask for the peace that only Christ can give, peace that is beyond all understanding and to ask for the grace to clear out the debris left in the wake of sin’s chaos so there is room for the peace of Christ.