One of the most basic things we all share in spite of class, race, economic status, or age is our need to eat. It was no accident that Jesus shared a meal with his disciples in that upper room before his betrayal, death, and resurrection. It is that very meal we commemorate each Sunday in the sacrament of the altar where we hear once again Jesus say: Take, eat, this is my body. Drink this all of you, this is my blood of the New Covenant. After Jesus’ resurrection, it was in this way that his disciples came to recognize him as their risen Lord.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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Celebrating 10 Years of Brother, Give Us A Word

We invited friends around to world to share how Brother, Give Us A Word has been meaningful to them. How have the daily words inspired you or influenced your prayer life? See what other have said and share your own story here: SSJE.org/celebrating10


“Brother, Give Us A Word” is food for my soul. The brothers are like master chefs whose labors continually invite me to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” Prepared with tender loving care, their reflections provide sustenance for souls that hunger for justice, thirst for peace, and long for hope. Each morning, I look forward to savoring that day’s reflection, whether vegetable or chocolate, because I know that the main ingredient is always an overflowing cup of God’s lavish love – for me and for all of God’s creation. Nourished from the riches of that extravagant love, I am strengthened for the day’s journey. So even though life is hard, and my soul sometimes grows weary, I know it can be revived by feasting on “Brother, Give Us a Word.” For that, I am eternally grateful.

– Allison, Virginia