Community: Saturday

We all live under the illusion that we are in need of some major makeover to make us perfect. On this path, the only thing that we’re actually doing is letting our true selves, our identity in Christ, shine forth. If, through this journey, we become aware of the beautiful beings of light in Christ that we are – that all of us are – then being expressions of God’s love in the world just follows naturally.

– Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE


Way of Love: Daily Practice

Life is a gift. Share joy for the gift of life with someone else today.


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Community: Friday

Ongoing conversion happens only in community life. We can’t do it for ourselves. I had a college chaplain who was very fond of saying “There are no solo Christians,” and he was absolutely right. Everyone finds their community – or their overlapping communities – that leads to their conversion.

– Br. Jonathan Maury, SSJE


Way of Love: Daily Practice

Contact a local elected representative. Talk to them about a vulnerable group in your community.


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Community: Thursday

Community can offer a container that’s safe enough and supportive enough for the conversion process to take place. You have a group of people saying, “You can be who you are, we’ll support that, even if it’s painful, even if it’s uncomfortable.” That allowance helps us confront our own wounds. It helps other people – and ourselves – heal.

– Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE


Way of Love: Daily Practice

Call a friend just to catch up.


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Community: Wednesday

There’s a portion of our Rule of Life that’s been very helpful to me in living in community. It talks about silence as a gift that allows us to recognize and revere the mystery of every person. Each person is a mystery to us, and there are aspects of that person’s life that we will never know, no matter how well we know them. Only God alone can know this person as they truly are. This is a way to open our hearts to greater compassion.

– Br. David Vryhof, SSJE


Way of Love: Daily Practice

Invite silence into all your interactions today.


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Community: Tuesday

We don’t do church alone because God isn’t alone. God is community and invites us into community. God chose a family to bless and save the whole world through Abraham. No one person could do it alone. The Christian story, and all of the stories of scripture,  are about a people. Our story is one of families and of communities. 

– Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE


Way of Love: Daily Practice

Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches.” Who is your community?


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Community: Monday

The very nature of the Triune God is community. The Father, Son and Spirit are One in reciprocal self-giving and love. Because human beings are made in the image of a relational God, humans are not meant to be separate and isolated from one another. Rather, we are called to live together in shared community. 

– The Rev. Becky Zartman


Way of Love: Daily Practice

Read the Prayer attributed to St. Francis (BCP 833). Sit silently. Invite God to speak through this reading.


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Community: Sunday

We’re not only a gathered people, we’re also a sent people.  Jesus says, “I send you into the world.  Just as the Father sent me into the world, I’m sending you.” We need to be sent out from the church building itself – and from the church community itself – to have a wider rippling effect in the world. 

– Br. David Vryhof, SSJE


Way of Love: Daily Practice

Worship in community today – virtually, or with those with whom you live. Watch “Signs of Life: Community


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