This year the Brothers and Interns will be celebrating Thanksgiving at Emery House. Therefore, the Chapel will be closed after the 12:30 PM Eucharist on Wednesday, 21 November and will re-open in time for Evening Prayer on Saturday, 24 November. There will be no public celebration of the Eucharist on Thanksgiving Day.
Presiding Bishop Curry recently invited the whole Church to take up what he calls “The Way of Love,” a series of practices that will help people to live Jesus-centered lives. “How can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives,” Bishop Curry asks, “so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?” His answer might not surprise Friends of SSJE. The answer is no less than keeping a Rule of Life!
“The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a “Rule of Life.” . . . The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.”
Turn. Learn. Pray. Worship. Bless. Go. Rest.
SSJE is delighted to make an appearance in the promotional video for “The Way of Love,” which you can watch below. We hope you’ll check out this wonderful program.
We’re delighted to share the republication of one of Br. Curtis’ pieces in Kolbe Times, published out of Calgary, Canada. The most recent issue takes up the timely, necessary theme of resilience. The Kolbe Times website and e-publication were founded by a group of Third Order Franciscans, with a focus on the intersection of art, faith, and social justice. “Our hope from the start has been to create a meeting place that sparks collaborative action and spiritual renewal, by giving voice to artists, thinkers and social innovators.” Read the new issue here.
Each autumn, our community welcomes a small group of young men and women to live alongside our community as monastic interns for a period of nine months. They participate fully in our daily rhythm of prayer and worship and receive formation and guidance as they discern the shape of their Christian vocation. The gifts they bring – personal talents, diverse perspectives, burning questions, unique passions, and gifts of the Holy Spirit – enrich our life together immeasurably. Their hard work alongside us, day by day, also helps make our ministry possible. We are delighted to welcome Betsy Noecker, Jimmy Pickett, and Lina Palmer as our Monastic Immersion Interns this year. Learn more about the Monastic Immersion program >
All of us have parts of our lives that need protection for the simple reason that they are precious. We fence in our gardens, to keep them safe from predators, but what about our innermost goals, devotions, and relationships? Br. James Koester invites us to take up the essential monastic practice of enclosure: setting up intentional boundaries on our space and time. Through enclosure, we can foster those most precious qualities, relationships, and experiences, which the demands of life would otherwise devour.
Please consider making a donation to the Diocese of Massachusetts for the diocesan disaster relief fund, to assist the communities of the Merrimack Valley, following last week’s explosions and fires. Donations marked Merrimack Disaster Relief can be sent to Diocese of Massachusetts, 138 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111.