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Birth

Be open for what is new, for what God is wanting to birth in your life. You may need to detach from something of your past. Something new wants to happen, and that new requires space. You may even be able to identify with the Blessed Virgin Mary who, on hearing of this new thing God had for her to bear and give birth to was first afraid, and then she was perplexed, and then she was ready…. God made her ready for this new thing.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Encounter

What do you most long for – what is your deepest desire? When you come to receive holy communion, offer that prayer, that intention to God. For it is in the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ that we can know the most profound moment of encounter with God.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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Faith

Apocalyptic writing arises out the experience of tragedy and oppression, as people of faith look to God for the revelation of God’s will and for relief from their suffering. It is the voice of faith in the most difficult of times, casting all its care upon God to act on behalf of those who are powerless.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Sabbath

We need to gather our resources. We need to catch our breath and rest a little. We need a chance to think about what we need to learn about spiritual life, to learn about prayer.

-Br. David Allen, SSJE

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Sabbath-keeping is crucial to our life as Christians. In September, our offering “Brother, Give Us a Word” will begin taking a Sabbath on Sundays. We hope that this weekly pause in our messages will offer a gentle reminder to pause in your own life.

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Treasure

How we choose to live our lives is no happenstance thing. It’s not about the ways the planets line up, or about the hand we’re dealt, or the luck of the draw. How we choose to live our life is rooted in the good treasure that has been entrusted to us, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us and how we know that treasure to be true.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Revelation

Revelation isn’t a far off event that happened in some by-gone time. It is something that is happening in the here and now. Right here, today.

-Br. Robert L’Esperance, SSJE

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Companion

When like Elijah you’re surprised by sheer silence, listen to God speaking deep inside. When like Peter you’re scared by the wind on the sea, look to Jesus right there with you. When bedtime nears, stop and review how the Spirit caught you by the hand and caught you off guard with love. Hold these close to your heart and go to sleep.

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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Pattern

May God’s love be the pattern for ours. May God’s wide embrace, God’s boundless generosity, God’s reckless mercy, God’s steadfast and unfailing love be our rule and guide.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Transfiguration

In those moments when God’s glory shines in the face of another, we see them as they truly are and always have been, with unveiled faces, the beloved of God being changed from one degree of glory to another. And the same is true for us. For the transfiguration is not an idea. It is not a story. It is not a fable. It is a lived reality.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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