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Tapestry

If there are pieces in your past that you think don’t fit in your present, I beg to differ with you. It all belongs somewhere, someway. God is very frugal in this way. In the vocabulary of the church, we call this “redemption.” Nothing is wasted. It all forms part of this majestic tapestry called “your life.”

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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God

God is not a being external to us, not an object out there, but the subject of all that is. God is Being itself – if you be, if you are, if you have been brought into existence, you are participating in God.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

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Dialogue

Remember prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue.  Speak what is on your heart and listen to God’s response.

-Br. Eldridge Pendleton, SSJE (1940-2015), SSJE

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Splendor

We truly are – and always have been – God’s beloved, and so our faces shine with the splendor and glory of God. We truly are and always have been God’s daughters and sons, and so our faces shine with the splendor and glory of God. And God’s glory shines through us, just as it did Jesus.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Respond

When we know that we are loved, we will quite naturally love in return; our hearts will respond to the call of love with gratitude and affection, with devotion and with an eagerness to please and to serve the One who has so loved us.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Companion

Jesus is God Emmanuel, God with us, God with you, even today.  Even if your only experience just now is longing for God and a feeling of emptiness, God is in the emptiness.  Really.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Sabbath

We hear an affirmation from Jesus of the need for Sabbath; not only a time for rest, but a time for rest with God. If you have ever been on a pilgrimage, you will know that the time immediately following the journey is a one of rest, recollection, and especially remembering:  a time to unpack and then put the pieces back together again, in order to see the complete picture, to find meaning, to integrate the experience into your life, and to share that experience with Jesus in prayer.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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Creativity

Be creative in everyday ordinary life, with what’s familiar and enlivening and with what’s different and uncomfortable. Creativity reflects and relates us to the Divine Artist. Creativity is vulnerable, which Jesus fully experienced. Watch for what is revealed as you risk creating.

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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Children of God

Being made in God’s image means we are children of God as Jesus was, inheriting Jesus’ ministry of reflecting and recognizing the light of Christ in the world. And by this simple act of recognition it becomes perfectly natural that in God’s Kingdom, our kingdom, our dominion is one of relating to all of creation as intimately as mother, father, brother, sister.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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Hospitality

The welcoming of others—or of our selves—may not often be easy. But we need have no fear. For we practice such mutual hospitality that we may learn to love as God loves, to know ourselves and one another as God’s children, sisters and brothers of Christ, and empowered for service by the Spirit.

-Br. Jonathan Maury, SSJE

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