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Brother, Give Us A Word

Doubt

Our doubt about God is not something to nurse or try to cure alone. Jesus does not come to us privately. The Christian life is not to be lived alone; our doubt is not to be squandered alone, but shared with the Body of Christ.

-Br. David Vryhof
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Ways you might pray with today's word

Today, try to be still and listen throughout your day. Listen while walking or letting yourself dance. Listen looking up gazing at bright green-leafed trees. Listen with still posture and eyes closed. Listen kneeling in soil to tend plants springing to life. Stop to smell the flowers and listen. Be still and listen.

About Brother, Give Us A Word

Monasticism began when a few faithful men and women went into the desert to seek God and live a life of prayer. These Desert Fathers and Mothers, as they became known, were spiritual beacons whom other sought out for their wisdom in the ways of God. The seeker would approach and ask, "Father (Mother), give me a word."
The Brothers have adapted this ancient tradition for today, offering online a daily "word" to all who seek a deeper knowledge of God, a means of handing on what we ourselves have received.

You might use each day's word as a focus for your prayer. Say the word to the rhythm of your breath and invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you through that word. You might also use the day's saying as a focus for meditative reading or lectio divina, reading slowly and allowing your mind to drift as the words inspire you to further prayer and reflection.

We hope you'll join us every day for a word, which we pray will help you to deepen your life with God.