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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Trouble

When the troubles of the world and your life overwhelm, when you are tempted to lose heart, remember God is merciful and trustworthy. God is gracious and compassionate, and you truly are God’s beloved. By faith offer up love in prayer. God will keep coming to meet you.

Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE
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Recent Sermons from the Chapel

Living in Wonder; Living in Love – Br. Curtis Almquist

By Br. Curtis Almquist | September 26, 2023 |

“The wonder and beauty of life always connects us with its source, with its Creator. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy the beauty of creation that surrounds us and fills us. But don’t stop there. Always experience beauty as a bridge back to its Source. Beauty is not an end in itself. Our experience of beauty on earth ferries us to God’s presence.”

Inspired by the writing and witness of Thomas Traherne, Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to live in wonder, live in love.

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Life Isn’t Fair – Br. Lain Wilson

By Br. Lain Wilson | September 25, 2023 |

“God isn’t fair. But God’s unfairness isn’t arbitrary or abstemious. God’s unfairness is universal and prodigal. It’s the unfairness of a landowner who pays everyone the same out of his boundless generosity. It’s the unfairness of a father who welcomes back with open arms and a spread table the wayward son. It’s the unfairness of a God who, in the psalmist’s words, is “faithful in all his words and merciful in all his deeds” and who “upholds all those who fall,” whether they deserve it or not.”

In God’s unfairness, Br. Lain Wilson discovers proof of God’s prodigal generosity.

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Welcome Fall – Br. Luke Ditewig

By Br. Luke Ditewig | September 23, 2023 |

“God is here with and for you. As before, God will hold as on eagles’ wings. God will “bear your spirit up and brace your heart and nerve your arm.” Let go, like a leaf falling into the divine wind.”

As autumn arrives, Br. Luke Ditewig invites us to fall into following Jesus.

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Why Ember Days – Br. James Koester

By Br. James Koester | September 22, 2023 |

“Today, as we keep an Ember Day, might be an invitation for us to pray, and even fast, in solidarity with those whose livelihoods, and very life itself, are threatened as climate change alters agricultural cycles around the world. Today, as we pray for the ministry of the church, might be an invitation to pray for the healing of the cycles of nature, and our role in that healing, and ways in which the Church might aid in that healing.”

Br. James Koester connects the church’s observance of an “Ember day” with the historic – and contemporary – practice of keeping a fast.

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A Tree and Its Fruit – Br. David Vryhof

By Br. David Vryhof | September 16, 2023 |

“What is needed is ongoing vigilance and constant discernment of the voices inside us that beckon us to do one thing or the other.  We need to constantly ask ourselves, ‘Is what this inner voice is suggesting to me now from God or from the evil one?  Will this choice turn me towards God or away from God?  Will it lead to good or to evil?’”

Br. David Vryhof encourages us, as we listen to the voices urging us on, to choose the way of love and goodness, that our lives may bear good fruit.

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