Revere your body. Your body is the edifice in which you have have entered life, in which you have been shaped and formed in life, in which you practice life, in which you will part from this life. Treat your body kindly, attentively, respectfully, peacefully, gently, gratefully, lovingly, in a holy way. You are precious in God’s eyes, and God embodies you. You are God’s temple.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Walking along, likely amid a crowd asking questions, Jesus saw Matthew. Jesus paid attention to the periphery and saw those looked down on or overlooked. Matthew, an outcast seen and invited in, experienced Jesus’ mercy. How do we learn mercy? Look widely. Pay attention not only to those close to you. Look to the periphery; see and welcome the outcast and stranger.

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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Our lives are to be solidly centered upon Christ. He is that steady, immovable, sure presence who alone can provide a sure foundation for us – a foundation that is able to stand firm when the difficulties and challenges of life assault us. “On Christ the solid rock I stand,” the popular hymn puts it, “all other ground is sinking sand.”

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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When we practice loving fully, our great reward is being free from holding onto feelings like anger and hatred. And then instead of enemies, we have opportunities to act in the world for peace and justice, as servants of God’s love.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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I suspect that you will face challenges which seem beyond your strength and your abilities. But in these challenges, God will call out from you strengths and gifts which you never knew you had. And you will not be on your own.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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Christ, whose heart of love is the center and binding agent of the whole cosmos, is the one in whom the soul discovers the true measure of its wingspan.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

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If right now you can find no hope but only suffering and desolation in the cross you’ve been handed to carry – what is just killing you now – surrender your life and surrender your death, your many deaths, to Jesus. You have nothing more to lose. Live your life inside of Christ who lives inside of you. He will embody you and enable you. This is Jesus’ way, the way of the cross.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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