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Breaking the Word

Feeding on the Language of Faith

A Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Living Preaching Series

St. Augustine taught that just as the presider breaks the bread in order to feed all, so the preacher breaks the word of Scripture in order to nourish the soul.

During the Tuesdays of lent 2010 the brothers invited us to join them as they broke five of the words of faith—often heard but rarely digested.

February 23 – CONVERSION

Br. David Vryhof

Click here to listen as Br. David Vryhof breaks open that loaded word Conversion, inviting us to the internal and social change that only God can bring about, and yet which we can welcome by turning ourselves more fully to God.
Also see:  Br. Jonathan Maury’s Intercessions: Conversion, composed for this series.

March 2 – FORGIVENESS

Br. Kevin Hackett

Click here to listen as Br. Kevin Hackett traces how FORGIVENESS breaks the habits that bind our lives.  Not only does forgiveness prove salutary, he suggests that it is required for all followers of Jesus.

Also see: Br. Jonathan Maury’s Intercessions: Forgiveness, composed for this series.

March 9 – GRACE

Br. Mark Brown

Click here to listen as Br. Mark Brown takes on the polyvalent and all-important word, Grace, which has shaped the very history of theology.  Yet Br. Mark, undaunted, suggests that we can begin to understand the grace of God—cosmic as it is—in the ordinary graces of human life.

Also see: Br. Jonathan Maury’s Intercessions: Grace, composed for this series.

March 16 – REDEMPTION

Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Click here to listen as Br. Geoffrey explains how, in mysterious economy of God’s redemption, even our sin and failings bring us closer to the God who has held out his hand to us in Christ. “At the very heart of the meaning of redemption,” he suggests, “is a God who loves us more than we can ever know.”

Also see: Br. Jonathan Maury’s Intercessions: Redemption, composed for this series.

March 23 – PASSION

Br. James Koester

Click here to listen as Br. James Koester suggests a new way into that word at the heart of Holy Week, Passion: Christ’s Passion is not about anger or lust, enthusiasm or any of those other feelings we tend to point to with the word, rather it’s about his compassion, his sympathy, his longing and his desire.  “It was love  . . .  which led him to and held him on the cross.”

Also see: Br. Jonathan Maury’s Intercessions: Passion, composed for this series.