Loneliness

Only by facing darkness and loneliness can we overcome our feelings of separation, and find that we’re not alone after all, and never were. Our Beloved God has been with us all along, just waiting for us to remember the truth of who we are, to rest in the Light of Christ, and to share that light, the beauty of our innermost selves with the world.

Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE
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Wait

Perhaps, if we find ourselves aspiring with some sense of urgency toward the transcendent or heavenly, the wisest thing is simply to wait. Patiently rest in the presence of the seeds lying within the ground of our own being. That might mean encountering painful things. But, as John’s Gospel reminds us, a grain of wheat must first fall into the ground and die before it can bear fruit.

Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE
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Diversity

Although we have plenty of differences, it remains true that the Holy One created humanity in God’s image, shining like stars with the light of Christ. It’s a light reflected through the prism of this world as a diverse offering pouring forth from within each unique human heart. We pray that with God’s help we will see diversity as a cause of celebration.

Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE
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Dwell

Through contemplative prayer we learn to rest in an unknowing stillness, to descend from our heads and dwell in our hearts where we discover God’s beautiful Truth, infinite Love, and the Light of Christ waiting for us. In gratitude, we might find ourselves sharing that Light with the world.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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Choose

Eternal life is the wayless way of making this one choice: to serve God and each other. It’s the most important choice you will ever make, because in that place of willingness and humility you will remember who you truly are: a child of Christ’s Light.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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Enemies

When Jesus commanded us to “love our enemies,” he was pointing to a fundamental truth behind those words. When we open our hearts enough to truly love, our enemies turn into the possibility for healing.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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Freedom

The only true freedom is in being servants to God, the perfect freedom of being God’s humble servant. We accept this gift of perfect freedom when we surrender everything to God, exchanging willfulness for willingness in union with Christ. From this place of surrender and servanthood, we see that what appears to be choices in human terms are ultimately the unfolding of God in the world.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Roots

Within each moment, the wind of the Holy Spirit carries seeds of opportunity: our Creator plants these seeds deep within our heart. The seeds might not find fertile soil, but instead rocky ground with nowhere to take root. If so, we need to turn to Christ for help, and to our sisters and brothers in Christ, who want to give those seeds a fighting chance as much as we do.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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Miracle

The Holy Spirit blows where it will, carrying with it an invitation to recognize the miracle of our own aliveness in this and every moment. We are a part of the unfolding of God’s will and providence.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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