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"

Assurance

Faith is an assurance of the fundamental goodness of existence, the assurance that, through all the misery and wrong, enduring it in flesh and blood is the One who comes, reconciling the broken pieces of a lamentable world, gathering them up as a hen gathers her brood. Br. Lucas Hall, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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Let Go

To cling, to grab too tightly, is not love. It is fear. When Mary Magdalene first realizes she is speaking with none other than her risen Lord, Jesus immediately tells her not to hold onto him. Rather, he sends her away, instructing her to go to the twelve and tell them the Good News. Here…

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Wealth

All creation, and thus all that we might call material wealth, is the work of God. All wealth that we possess, whether meager or great, is given to us by God’s providence. God places us in a position of stewardship, authority, and responsibility. Br. Lucas Hall, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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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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