Welcome to SSJE

We are a community of men giving our whole selves over to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rooted in the ancient monastic traditions of prayer and community life, and critically engaged with contemporary culture, we seek to know and share an authentic experience of God’s love and mercy. We live a common life shaped by worship, prayer, and our Rule of Life.

We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about how we live and pray, the tradition that grounds us, and the call that draws us onward day by day.

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Jesus’ assertion is that first and foremost our attention be directed toward God, our creator. After this, there is another commandment, to focus our attention on our neighbors. After we focus on God in the vertical, then we will be able to see more clearly God Emmanuel on the horizontal – in the lives of our neighbors, who mirror the incarnate God whose image we reflect.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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Recent Sermons from the Chapel

Learning to Pray – Br. Luke Ditewig

By Br. Luke Ditewig | July 24, 2022 |

“We keep learning to pray all our lives, stepping backward and forward, slowly becoming, ever relying on God. “Give us this day our daily bread.” We need God, and God responds with gracious provision.”

Looking to the example of Abraham, Br. Luke Ditewig encourages you to pray from your needs, your moment.

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Come to me and rest – Br. David Vryhof

By Br. David Vryhof | July 14, 2022 |

“Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself coming into the presence of Jesus, who is so gentle and so humble.  Imagine him extending his arms to you, welcoming you into his embrace.  Hear him say to you, “Come to me; I want to give you rest….  I see what a heavy burden you’ve been bearing and how weary you are from carrying this load.  Let me take it from you.  Come apart for a while, and rest.””

 Br. David Vryhof encourage us to give our burdens over to Jesus and rest.

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The Sign We Are Given – Br. Todd Blackham

By Br. Todd Blackham | July 12, 2022 |

“Sometimes, the most important sign is the one in the rearview mirror that pointed us in the right direction and all we need to do is stay the course until and for as long as it takes the next direction to appear.  We may not wake up everyday to the voice of God telling us exactly what to do and where to go, but we can be reminded of the signs that have brought us safe thus far and will continue to lead us home.”

Br. Todd Blackham points us to the signs God uses to get our attention.

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Prayer of Lament, When Life Is A Mess – Br. Curtis Almquist

By Br. Curtis Almquist | July 8, 2022 |

“Life now, for so many, is a tragic mess, and on so many fronts near and far. You inevitably know this well. The prayer of lament – where you pray your sorrow, or grief, or rage, or regret – is an invitation to pray the mess.”

Br. Curtis Almquist encourages to pray the mess in lament.

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God does not call the worthy – Br. Sean Glenn

By Br. Sean Glenn | July 7, 2022 |

“God’s love persists. God’s love overcomes any of our “unworthiness.” If God loves a creature, it is made worthy by that Love. Brothers and sisters, you have never met a human being who isn’t loved by God. You have never met person who is intrinsically unworthy—and this includes yourself.”

Br. Sean Glenn sings the good news of our inalienable worthiness, as creatures loved by God.

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