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, April 29

Fourth Sunday of Easter

I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

(from John 10:11-18)


In January our Sr. Gaudentia, almost 98 and in the 79th year of monastic profession died.  She made her vows on “Good Shepherd Sunday” in 1933 and symbolically renewed her vows each year on this Sunday. 

In her long life Sr. Gaudentia had great devotion to our Lord under this title of the Good Shepherd and we could see how the Lord had lead her – not just from her home to the Abbey of St. Walburg, Eichstaett, to St. Vincent Archabbey and to St. Emma Monastery.

An embodiment of her name, Joy, Sr. Gaudentia reflected the peace and contentment of knowing that she had given her life to God and that God kept His end of the deal in caring for her.

May we also be aware of the care that we receive in our lives from the Good Shepherd.