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…

Monday, April 30

Monday, Fourth Week of Easter


I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.
(from John 10:1-10)


Today I heard a story from a woman about a cocoon that someone opened up to make it easier for the butterfly to come out and the butterfly died because it was in the struggle to get out of the cocoon that its wings became strengthened. 

She shared with me that she had been abused as a child and that God especially through the agent of a counselor had helped her to forgive, to grow and now to help others.

So often we ask why did not God prevent these terrible things from happening!  God either gave us free will using which we can make wonderful choices or very sinful, harmful choices involving others and ourselves.

But do we believe there is a depth of life to be found in Jesus—in times that we consider good and in times that can only be called awful—a depth of life that can be found in no one or nothing else?