In Christianity, Lectio Divina (Latin for divine reading) is a traditional Benedictine practice of a slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures. Time set aside in a special way for lectio divina in our life as monks enable us to discover in our daily life an underlying spiritual rhythm. Within this rhythm, we discover an increasing ability to offer more of ourselves and our relationships to the Father under the guidance of the Spirit, and to accept the embrace that God is continuously extending to us in the person of his son, Jesus Christ
“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart” (Rule of Benedict). Listening is what Benedictine spirituality is all about in a culture that watches but very seldom hears. Benedictine spirituality is about listening to four realities: the Gospels, the Rule, one another and the world around us. The spiritual life is achieved only by listening to all of life and learning to respond to each of its dimensions wholly and with integrity.
FROM THE HOLY RULE OF ST.BENEDICT
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The Monastery : Montefano Our Mother House
St. Benedict refers to the monastery as the work shop of the Lord wherein the monk plies the tools of his spiritual craft. The family spirit forms the very core of the Benedictine life. St. Benedict’s idea of a monastery is that of a spiritual family where the Abbot is the father and the monks brethren in Christ.
Monte Fano is the mother house of the Sylvestro-Benedictine monks in Sri Lanka. Situated on the outskirts of Kandy, in a typical rural setting, Monte Fano stands in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Simple, yet majestic in appearance, it does lend enchantment to the landscape. Its remoteness from the city provides the seclusion and peace necessary for prayer and study, which the monk seek and its salubrious climate and fertile soil keep the inmates healthy and vigorous.
Visitors to the monastery have found the atmosphere awe-inspiring, but to the monks, it is their home on earth, in which is found a truly fraternal spirit and the near hundredfold, which Christ promised to those who, having left their homesteads and their possessions chose to follow Him in a life of dedicated service.