Br. Lucas Hall, SSJE

Lucas Hall, SSJE grew up and went to college in the Cincinnati area. Before discerning his monastic vocation, Lucas worked in local politics. He arrived at SSJE in 2017 and was initially-professed in 2019. He has served the community as Sacristan at the Monastery and Guest Brother at Emery House. He now serves as Cellarer, is active in student ministry, and works with men inquiring into monastic life as Vocations Brother. He enjoys cooking, baking, woodworking, and block printing, as well as getting outside to hike or kayak. Other interests include history, theology (especially Syrian Christianity), and paleozoology. He boasts a checkered past: when he was only nineteen, Lucas ran for public office; and his baptism into the Christian path was “valid, but not licit,” performed by his grandmother.

 

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Selection of Br. Lucas' teachings from "Brother, Give Us a Word"

Fire

Most truly, we are created for love, and our work is only vocation if it comes from the vigor and the fire of love.-Br. Lucas Hall, SSJERead More and Comment >

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Weakness

We’re taught that adopting certain ideas or identities will empower us. We’re told that following certain leaders will make us great. It’s in this world that Jesus turns the tables on. He calls us, over and over and over again, to join him and respond to him in weakness. He assures us we have nothing…

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Faith

“How long will you be angered despite your people’s prayers?” the Psalmist cries. This is not a lack of faith; it is an expression of it. The Psalmist asks and believes they will be answered. To be angry, baffled, tearful; these are acceptable. As long as we look to the hand of God with expectation…

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Selection of Br. Lucas' writing

Breaking Apart

“If we wish to talk about the strife of our communities, cultures, and societies, I believe we need, at some point, to talk about the strife people endure internally.”

Embark on a profound journey from despair to faith as this article explores Br. Lucas’s battle with internal strife, nihilism, and the transformative power of encountering God.

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Remember the Words He Taught You

“Many of us are wearied by the changes and the uncertainty of our civil lives, our political communities. I certainly am. But we can take heart, and pray together for the coming of God’s kingdom; it is a hope, big and sturdy enough for us all.”

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Praying with the Old Testament

“The whole of scripture is a gift from God. Though it can be daunting and challenging, engaging with the Old Testament as a wellspring of prayer can illumine truths about God, the Church, and ourselves, in ways we may never expect.”

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