Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 6Mass: Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145; Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a; Matthew 20:1-16a
In Chapter 6 of the Holy Rule, Saint Benedict addresses the importance of cherishing silence in the monastery. We read: “the disciple’s role is to
be silent and listen.” A most fitting prayer for today can be found in the Gospel Acclamation for Mass and Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians.

September 24, 2017 Read More

SAINT JANUARIUS (d. c.305)

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 4:22-43Mass: 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Psalm 101; Luke 7:11-17
Saint Benedict presents us with 22 more tools for good works. One might see some similarities between Saint Paul’s First Letter to Timothy, and Benedict’s tools for today, for example, to not be addicted to drink, to be temperate, gentle, and not deceitful. Which tool will you use to help guide your search for God?
22Don’t let your actions be governed by anger.23Nor nurse your anger against a future opportunity o
September 19, 2017 Read More

Lectio: Monday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina

Readings of the day: RB 4:1-21Mass: 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Psalm 28; Luke 7:1-10

Today and for the next three days we are immersed in one of the longest chapters of the Holy Rule; a favorite of mine, namely, Chapter Four, “The Tools for Good Works.” In this chapter, Saint Benedict provides what one translator calls, “Guidelines for Chris
September 18, 2017 Read More

Lectio: Monday, Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 2:11-15; Col. 1:24-2:3; Resp. Psalm 62; Luke 6:6-11
Those who read the Qualities of the Abbess listed by Saint Benedict see clearly that the one chosen to care for and guide her sisters in community in their search for God has a daunting responsibility. Today we hear that the Abbess leads primarily by the example she sets; then by the words used in her teaching. Put another way, the Abbess is called to practice what she preaches.
September 11, 2017 Read More

Lectio: Thursday, Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB Prol. 45-50; Colossians 1:9-14; Resp. Psalm 98; Luke 5:1-11
One of the most beautiful verses in all the Holy Rule is the penultimate one of the Prologue: “As we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God’s commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love.” Just thinking
September 07, 2017 Read More
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