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Fruit

God’s dream for us is that we be producers of the sweet fruits of the kingdom, the fruits of good works, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Fire

Most truly, we are created for love, and our work is only vocation if it comes from the vigor and the fire of love.

-Br. Lucas Hall, SSJE

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Stretch

Whenever I am faced with the prospect of comprehending something beyond my experience, I pray for the strength to reach out in faith. I need to be stretched spiritually beyond what I have known before. Can you pray for this; to be stretched and strengthened by God’s Holy Spirit?

-Br. David Allen, SSJE

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Healing

You can be very well physically, but in absolute agony because of a broken heart or an imprisoned soul. Jesus promises us he will bind up our broken hearts, set us free, and heal us from the inside out.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Values

The values of the world are killing us. They are poisoning the creation around us. Maybe it’s time to take seriously the invitation of the gospel, and discover the fruitfulness of humility, service, and sacrificial love. Because in Jesus we see that it is those things, not power, strength, and riches, that lead ultimately to life and to life eternal.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Mission

Saint Margaret of Scotland was known as “Helper of the Poor.” Would to God that every Christian on the planet could be known by that title. To be a “helper of the poor” is to be one with the mission of God in the world, whose deep concern and compassion for the helpless is so much in evidence throughout our sacred scriptures.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Sanity

Jesus was madly, insanely in love with his God, enabling him to confer a healing sanity on those around him, without boxes or borders.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

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Generosity

We have been created in the image of God, whose opening act in creation in the Book of Genesis is generosity. The words “genesis” and “generosity” spring from the same etymological source. Long before death pulls from your grip what you cannot take to the grave, acknowledge it all as gift, and gift it back to God as an offering for God’s use. Participate in God’s generosity.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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