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Everywhere we look, we can see the ills of injustice: violence, war, addiction, abuse, racism, neglect, indifference. Many of us bear the oozing wounds from these ills, carrying around burdens that have been unfairly placed on us with no help in sight. In God’s economy, healing is on the way. When we put our trust in Jesus, holding out our hands and giving our burdens to Him, we will in turn be fed, salved, and nurtured back to the fullness that God has always intended for us.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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We might feel, somewhere so deep inside that we’re not conscious of it, that we can be at peace only if we feel safe enough in the world. And so we spend a great deal of energy searching for a safety we can never find. We can never find it, because the search itself distracts us from the truth: the only safety that will ultimately satisfy us, resting in God’s embrace, is already ours. We are already there just by being here.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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As you pray, listen. Might God be stepping in, breaking through barriers of what you have put off or neglected? Listen for Love, which breaks through resistance, neglect, and fear. God is here today, inviting us to build an active relationship. Now is the time.

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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To bring your pains, your bumps and your bruises, to the one who has caused you these pains is to say, “I want to repair this breach. I want to forgive you. I want to love you more deeply.” To offer this, with gentleness, to a loved one who has hurt you is to begin the process of reconciliation. It is the balm on the wound. It might be uncomfortable, even painful at first, but it is invaluable to the healing of our brokenness.

-Br. Lucas Hall, SSJE

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What we wear on our hearts should be just as obvious to the world as what we wear on our bodies. Our T-shirts may say “Harvard”, but our hearts should say Jesus. Our jeans may say “Levis”, but our hearts should say Jesus.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Stumbling Blocks

Don’t be one who places stumbling blocks in other people’s path to faith. Instead, make it your mission to remove the stumbling blocks that prevent people from knowing and responding to the incredible, inclusive love of God!

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Jesus has simply asked us to grow wheat for the Kingdom, trusting in his Word to nourish the soil of our heart. The Father has sown the seeds of new life, but we have to let the crop grow.

-Br. Sean Glenn, SSJE

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If you are not in a place to approach another person as beloved of God, you may want to take the time to pray for them. Prayer is a sanctifying act. God will burn off the dross of bitterness and resentment, and help us to love our brother and sister.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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