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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.

Tend

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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Resentment

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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Companion

As unique as Mary is, you have so much in common with her. Down through the ages, there has been no one else who was asked to give birth to and bear what she was called to. And so for you. Mary is your companion, especially at those moments when you say, like she did: “How can I face this, do this, bear this, survive what is coming at me?” Mary is your companion. Build on that relationship.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Withdraw

Without some empty space, there will be no room for God to abide. In order to fully live out our callings – to make wise and inspired choices directed by God’s will, to become conduits of God’s healing, or to offer words that reflect Christ’s good news – we must come to know the withdrawal of Christ to the lonely mountaintops, if only from time to time.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

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Laughter

Who do you laugh with? That’s the person in whom you will begin to see the face of Jesus, who calls you his friend. It is in the face of the One who calls you friend that you will discover the truth of what this means: no one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. And it all begins, I think, with laughter.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Courage

It takes courage to name evil and to challenge it. It takes persistence to stand on the side of justice, especially when that opens us to ridicule, rejection or persecution. Following Jesus will often bring us into conflict with the pervasive values and the dominant culture of our time.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Responsibility

How we live our lives – our commitment to worship, to private prayers, to mission – is not just about us and our relationship to God. We have a responsibility to be bearers of the light – a responsibility to those who are still to come. We have a torch to carry for a while, and then we pass it on.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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Salvation

Each of us should try to live in a way that will make the truth of Jesus’ saving love real to the people with whom, and among whom, we live.

-Br. David Allen, SSJE

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