Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

So much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of Time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse. In a series of short, daily videos over five weeks, the Brothers of SSJE invite us to recapture time as a gift. Join the Brothers as they wrestle with questions of time and discover how to experience the joy of the present moment.

This series was first offered during Lent 2015 and is designed so that everyone in your community can participate. Everyone is busy. Time is at a premium. It is hard for all to come together to deepen our faith.

Each theme is introduced with a video of a Brother priming us for the week’s theme. The theme is then explored in depth in six short reflection videos (around 2 minutes each). A compilation video is also available each Sunday.

Each reflection video ends with a thought-provoking question for you to ponder over the course of the day, then answer on the worksheet.

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  1. John Crenson on April 10, 2015 at 07:47

    Thank you for being my Lenten guide and beyond

  2. According to Plan | Planting Word Seeds on April 4, 2015 at 12:34

    […] through Lent, I wrote about how difficult week five was. This was the week that my SSJE devotions centered on the theme of play. I’ve since spent some time pondering why those devotions were […]

  3. pat taylor on March 22, 2015 at 23:59

    About loving when not liking:

    This afternoon our Grief Support group met. We were reviewing what has been wonderful in lost relationships. One woman said that her husband had always loved her wholeheartedly. She laughingly interjected that he did not always like her and often she was not being very likable but he did not stop being with her, for her, ready to interpose himself between her and anything that might threaten her. Others in the group agreed that disagreement, supposed slights and other barriers could temporarily get in the way of liking but that loving was the ground of their life together. Some said that having been loved made them safe for the rest of their lives.

  4. Maren on February 26, 2015 at 08:36

    It is amazing that God just want us to take time each day just to “be”.
    Just to be in HIs presence. Nothing else. He just want us.
    Something so simple. So refreshing in the stillness. Yet so many of us
    avoid silence like the plague. Why is that? What are we afraid of?
    I like to start out my day sitting in the stillness of early morning just
    “being” with God. It feel so right.

  5. Maren on February 23, 2015 at 09:02

    Using the resource Seven Sacred Pauses by Wiederkehr, I love to go through my day stopping for prayer at certain times of the day. It helps bring me back to God although I am never really away from Him.

  6. Br. Lorenzo Thomas OSL on February 18, 2015 at 19:29

    Very excited for this Lenten series!

  7. Mavis on February 18, 2015 at 16:45

    Thank you for this series. Is there any way that I can receive the emails early in the morning Australian time. At present they come at 9pm.

    • jcoats on February 18, 2015 at 22:13

      Mavis – the system we use will try to adjust to your time zone but takes a few days. Open the email everyday. Let us know if it does not change by the weekend. Jamie friends@ssje.org

  8. MURIEL on February 18, 2015 at 11:10

    Thank you a thousand times, this will be my second lent to listen and learn

  9. Very Rev. Dr. Donald P. Richmond on February 13, 2015 at 14:26

    “…a time for every purpose, under Heaven” –The Byrds via Ecclesiastes
    May each of us, most especially during this Holy Season, find ways to redeem time and grace each moment with the “righteousness and peace” which is found in, through, and by Jesus Christ alone. Thank you, SSJE, for these postings.

  10. Dr Norman S Steward on February 4, 2015 at 20:46

    This series will be exciting. I plan to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday as well as give more generously to the poor during Lent. As well as follow a strict whole food diet during Lent. I hope to come to visit the brothers in the very near future. My Priest, Fr Max Wolf ( Rector-All Saints Church and St. George’s Chapel) Rehoboth Beach, DE. highly suggested this to me.

  11. Margaret Dungan on January 31, 2015 at 14:25

    I have never been as excited as this as I anticipate Lent this year.

    Margaret Dungan.

  12. Grace Bennett on January 28, 2015 at 16:21

    Our church will use the SSJE resource for an online Lenten study and discussion. Our Parish serves a wide geographic area; we need a sense of
    community! We pray that the online community will help us refocus and nourish our souls.

  13. Vicki Larkin on January 28, 2015 at 09:08

    Good morning: I am making this request on behalf of The Rev.’d Canon David Burrows of the Parish of the Ascension.

    We plan to use your videos during lent. Can the videos be made live earlier than the start of lent (Feb. 18th) as we want to be prepared. Or maybe a sample of a video. Please advise.
    Thank you.

  14. David Golden on January 21, 2015 at 14:04

    I am looking forward to beginning this journey with you. It all sounds very interesting, and I am sure that it will be beneficial to me. Thanks

  15. Jason Haddox on January 21, 2015 at 13:56

    We are inviting members of the parish to subscribe and use the series as our common Lenten devotion. I’ve downloaded the pdf of the booklet–but there doesn’t seem to be a worksheet for the days between Ash Wednesday and the first Saturday?

    • Reviewer on January 23, 2015 at 10:04

      Thank you for writing, Jason. The videos for the first four days, Ash Wednesday through Saturday (February 18 – 21) actually do have questions at the end, although they do not appear in the workbook.

      We would recommend you ask people to try to read through the workbook prior to meeting for the first time and that, along with the introductory videos may serve as a sort of overview and orientation for everyone.

    • ssjeadmin on February 19, 2015 at 02:37

      Hi Jason,
      you can download the first weeks worksheet here:

  16. Cathie Roy on January 19, 2015 at 19:34

    I already subscribe to your daily thoughts. I’m wondering if I still need to subscribe specifically for this Lenten offering. If so, please subscribe me. 😉 Winter Blessings, Cathie

    • Reviewer on January 20, 2015 at 06:10

      Thank you for asking. If you are already subscribed to the daily meditation, “Brother, Give Us A Word”, no need to subscribe, you will receive the Lenten series each day.

  17. Charlotte Williams on January 13, 2015 at 15:16

    Dear Friends at SSJE,

    My husband who is an associate passed his copy of the Lenten booklet on to me. I am elderly — my 82nd birthday is next week — sick,and tired. I thought that this booklet might give me focus and give me some direction.

    May God prosper you in His work,

    Charlotte Williams

  18. Frances Aboud on January 9, 2015 at 12:20

    I want to thank you for all that SSJE does and provides for our daily spiritual lives. I am looking forward to this 2015 very special Lenten study. God’s Peace and Blessings

  19. Tom on January 8, 2015 at 00:15

    My copy arrived in today’s mail. Thank you– for the gift of this offering, and thanks be to God– for your gifts of presence and hospitality, friendship and fellowship. You are a blessing to this pilgrim…. a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path….

  20. Chris on January 2, 2015 at 18:14

    I am so looking forward to taking time this Lenten season to focus on the time I spent with the Lord in prayer, through my work, play and love. Thank you for this inspirational resource.

  21. GIllian McMullen on December 30, 2014 at 17:08

    Thank you so much for this! I’m looking forward to it. Your Society is a constant source of inspiration.

  22. Elizabeth C. Sands on December 26, 2014 at 15:59

    Sounds wonderful.

    Profound thanks!!!

  23. The Rev. Canon Catherine Gregg, D.Min. on December 23, 2014 at 18:46

    I have always been blessed by your Lenten studies, and look forward to this one as well. It is a gift to journey together through these holy days.

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