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
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
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
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
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
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