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The Rule of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

We Brothers welcome you to a share one of our daily practices: listening to and reflecting on a chapter of our Rule of Life.

In addition the Brothers have a series of other resources that we hope might be helpful to you in exploring living with a Rule.

Living Intentionally: Creating a Rule of Life

We invite you to download our Living Intentionally Workbook for Creating a Personal Rule of Life. Walk with Br. David Vryhof step-by-step through the process of writing your own Rule.

A Framework for Freedom:

We invite you to discover the freedom that comes from living by a rule of life, by journeying through “A Framework for Freedom,” a 7-week self-guided video course to help you say “Yes” to your life.  Watch the series now.  Subscribe to a daily email.

In Lent 2012, we preached a series on the challenges and rewards of living by a rule of life. Drawing on chapters from SSJE’s Rule. Read and listen to the sermons.

A Living Tradition:

Each day of Lent 2011, we posted a short “living commentary” on our Rule, with a Brother or two offering his unique perspective on the document which shapes and forms our prayer and practice more than any other apart from Scripture and The Book of Common PrayerTo read that conversation, click here.

 

The Rule of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

We Brothers welcome you to a share one of our daily practices: listening to and reflecting on a chapter of our Rule of Life.

  • To listen to the SSJE Rule of Life, read aloud by a brother, click on the chapters to the left.
  • To read a Guide to Personal Reflection, click here
  • To Subscribe to the SSJE Rule of Life, click the subscribe buttons on the left.
  • We welcome comments on each chapter.
  • To purchase a copy of the book The Rule of Life, click here

Introduction

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The audio book, The Twelve Days of Christmas, is read by Br. Curtis Almquist and accompanied by carols sung by the Brothers.

The Twelve Days of Christmas follow from December 25 until January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, the traditional date when the Magi arrived to present gifts to infant Jesus. For many, the meaning of these days is lost. By Christmas night we are saturated with the holiday hype, overfed by music and food, and may already be disappointed that the presents received are not enough. This audio book is not a bah humbug about Christmas customs and presents.

This is simply an invitation to go deeper than the tinsel and wrappings, beyond the presents given and received, to the source of all the good gifts in life. Readers are invited to unwrap gifts that will last, praying the twelve days of Christmas.

Life Profession: Br. Nicholas

Life Profession of Brother Nicholas Bartoli

We are delighted to announce that Brother Nicholas Bartoli will make his Life Profession in our Society on Saturday, 23 February at 11:00 AM. All are welcome to attend. Please plan to join us for that wonderful occasion!

God

God is not a being external to us, not an object out there, but the subject of all that is. God is Being itself – if you be, if you are, if you have been brought into existence, you are participating in God.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

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Dialogue

Remember prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue.  Speak what is on your heart and listen to God’s response.

-Br. Eldridge Pendleton, SSJE (1940-2015), SSJE

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Splendor

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

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Respond

When we know that we are loved, we will quite naturally love in return; our hearts will respond to the call of love with gratitude and affection, with devotion and with an eagerness to please and to serve the One who has so loved us.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Companion

Jesus is God Emmanuel, God with us, God with you, even today.  Even if your only experience just now is longing for God and a feeling of emptiness, God is in the emptiness.  Really.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Sabbath

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

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Vocation: The Call is Lifelong – Br. Curtis Almquist

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Br. Curtis Almquist

Luke 5:1-11

There are two ways we can hear this Gospel account appointed for today: This is a two-thousand year-old story about Simon Peter, James, and John who fished by trade on a lake in Palestine. This is history – rather patchy history – about how Jesus began assembling his inner ring of 12 apostles in the northern region of Galilee.

or:This Gospel story is autobiographical. Like Peter, James, and John, we each have been summoned by Jesus. Jesus has caught our attention, and we have followed him. This story gets us in touch with our ownstory. It’s part of the backdrop of why we’re here today.

Is this Gospel story about them, or is it about us, about you?  The answer is “yes.” 

On the one hand, we’re introduced to Peter, James, and John, who continue to figure into Jesus’ life and story. These three leave everything to follow Jesus. Sort of everything. Peter is married, and he doesn’t leave his wife. None of the three leaves his ego behind. That will become obvious. All three of these men are shown to have very mixed motives for following Jesus. Complicated. Sometimes quite duplicitious. Tradition has it that all three ultimately and willingly accept martyrdom for being followers of Jesus… but we’re a long ways from that when we first meet them here in their boats.

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Creativity

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

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Children of God

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

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