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Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Observe

To become wise, we must learn to listen – first to God, and then to wise and good teachers. To become wise we must become students and observers of life, recognizing ways of living that lead to wholeness, seeing what works and what doesn’t. Experienced guides can help us along the way.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Holy Cross

You will face death many-a-time in this life, and that is the very cross that Jesus is sharing with you. Live your life inside of Christ who lives inside you, and you will absolutely, positively, undeniably, miraculously discover how life comes out of death.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Hope

When the fresh air of the Gospel becomes our oxygen, the collective sin of the world, of others and our own, will burn our sensitized lungs like toxic fumes. We will notice injustice everywhere we turn, and though we will do all we are able in response, we will feel powerless against so much of it, and that powerlessness will crucify our hearts. Then, as St. Chrysostom’s life reminds us, we will know the hope of the Resurrection from the inside, through the mind of Christ. God’s power to raise, to heal, and to save will flow through us, because God will be our only lasting hope.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

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Burdens

Our difficulty with time arises because we over-extend ourselves, we try to have it all and do it all, we fail to discern that which is essential and that which is superfluous. Our lives become over burdened with too many responsibilities, too many relationships, too many interests, too many possessions. Why not make this a time for sorting out your life, for choosing what is essential? Why not make this a time for examining your mission and purpose in life, and choosing to do only what enhances and contributes to that mission?

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Stillness

We often shoot off panicked prayers, frenzied with too much to do. How can we be still? Stop what you’re doing. Lie down. Take deep breaths. Again and again, slow yourself down. Be quiet. Disconnect from devices. Turn off the noise. Listen. “Be still and know that I am God.”

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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Abide

Over and again, Jesus invites us to abide. This invitation to abide in God’s love is no mere transitory thing. It is not a way station along the way. It is not temporary or fleeting. It is a promise and a covenant and a contract.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Mysteries

If you’ve never taken the time to pray your mysteries – to recollect how God has been molding, transforming, redeeming, and loving you, one powerful yet subtle moment at a time – maybe you’d like to start today, in honor of Mary’s birthday. And if you’re not quite sure how God may be working in your life just yet, begin with praying her mysteries, each one becoming an icon, pointing to the great mystery of your own extraordinary life.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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Grace

We may bear the marks of our sins, living with their consequences years after the fact. But God is with us in grace, to forgive us, to heal us, to reconcile us, to restore us. Yes, God sees what you do. God “discerns your thoughts from afar.” And yet God’s judgment is always kind and true and just, and God’s mercy never fails.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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