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Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Wait

Perhaps, if we find ourselves aspiring with some sense of urgency toward the transcendent or heavenly, the wisest thing to do would be to simply wait, and patiently rest in the presence of the seeds lying within the ground of our own being. That might mean encountering painful things, but as John’s Gospel reminds us, a grain of wheat must first fall into the ground and die before it can bear fruit.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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Inequality

It is very easy to give from on top of a white horse. It is more uncomfortable to dismount, to stand in the mud at eye-level with need, with hunger, with flagrant inequality, and let it pierce our hearts in a humble conversation between two children of God: without an agenda, without a presupposition that we know what the person before us really needs, but with an open heart and a listening ear.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

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Contempt

Most of us will invoke almost anything to justify ourselves before others. We drop into our conversations little references to our background, our children, our good works, our education, our financial status, our political views, our religious practice, our athletic prowess, our up-scale neighborhood. These two things are closely linked: self-justification and contempt for others. Self-justification isn’t necessary. God accepts us just the way we are.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Reign

In our own day, we are seemingly overwhelmed by difficult news, and we may wonder where in the world God is in all of this. We may feel like we are light years away from the realization of the reign of God. But through Jesus Christ, we hear the gospel message that the Kingdom of God is happening now. It is a process of redeeming and healing the Creation, in which we are being called to participate.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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Intercession

True intercession, the sort that Jesus shares with the Father, is not just a detached impassioned shopping list of the needs of the world, nor is it informing God of something God knows already. Rather, it is a profound, loving, and costly holding up of others who are on our hearts before God. True intercession is being with God, with the people on our hearts.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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Welcome

You know the architecture of your soul. You name the rooms. If you find you can’t bring yourself to welcome Jesus into some rooms, why is that? Let your fear or your resistance be your prayer. If there are certain rooms in your soul that you feel are out of bounds to Jesus, tell him. Tell him why… and then keep your ears open.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Wedding

The wedding invitations have been sent. One appeared in your mail box just the other day. Like most people these days, I am sure you are busy. But will you come? Will you come to this wedding that is the kingdom of heaven? If you do come, will you be wearing what you are expected to wear? Along with your dress or your suit, you will need to wear a wedding robe of gentleness, prayer, thanksgiving, truth, honour, justice, and purity. That’s what the king will expect you to wear when you show up at the wedding banquet of his son.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Pilgrimage

By our creation we are made in God’s image. By the journey of deepening grace initiated at our Baptism, the likeness of Christ is restored to us day by day. No one who chooses it is disqualified from this sanctifying pilgrimage into the heart of God and our own true humanity.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

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