God is the source of the power you need; God is also the source of your awareness of need. The doorway to this power will be through your poverty, where you are powerless.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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The world may try to tell us the body is for any number of things. Pointing to the tortured body of Jesus on the cross, St. Ignatius of Antioch – whom we remember today – answers this question with the ultimate paradox of the Christian faith: this body shows us the body is for Love.

-Br. Sean Glenn, SSJE

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What in your life is precious? For us as a monastic community it is occasions when we can be alone and undisturbed before God. Because that is so precious to us we create boundaries around our prayer time with silence and solitude, laying aside our work and even our accessibility to others and the world, so that we can focus on the one joy of our heart and be truly present to God in Christ. What in your life needs to be protected?

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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God knows our gifts, talents, stamina, and resources. He will give us the provision and fortitude we need to accomplish his will in this life. All we have to do is say yes and trust that he will give us the necessary nourishment for the journey.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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Like saplings striving upward, we have within us a deep desire, something we can’t often put into words, except to say the fulfillment of this desire would somehow be ultimately satisfying.This desire living in our innermost being is a response to God’s love for us, a desire planted with utmost care by God, a desire to return to a place of Holy Union with our Beloved. Most of the time we don’t recognize the source of this desire, so we try to fill it with other things.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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Jesus welcomes interruptions and takes all kinds of questions. What must I do? What does this mean? Who are you? Ask your question. Speak your words. Be as you are now, and then receive. See loving eyes behold you and hear words that may pierce your soul. Jesus, the very Word of God, sees us as we are.

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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What is your testimony that would be cogent and credible to someone within the church, and to someone outside the church tradition… which is most everyone we meet these days on the street? No spiritual gobbledygook. If someone asks you today in Harvard Square or in your hometown why you are a follower of Jesus Christ, what’s the word, the authentic word in your heart and upon your lips?

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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The priestly vestments of Jesus are apron, towel, jug, and basin, for the sacrifice which Jesus the Great High Priest offers is not of bulls and goats but of loving service humbly offered on his knees. As children of God made one with Christ in our baptism, we are called not to greatness but to humble service signified by apron, towel, jug, and basin.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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