Tuesday in Holy Week: Experience

We lift our hearts to God in whatever state they are in. If our hearts are happy, we lift them to the Lord. If our hearts are broken or heavy with grief, we lift them to the Lord. If our hearts are anxious or afraid, we lift them to the Lord. We “come as we are” to this place.

– Br. Mark Brown
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Can you allow your experience of Holy Week to unfold authentically, without trying to control it?

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Monday in Holy Week: Compassion

During this week, these last days of our Lord’s life, we try to enter imaginatively into the story of Christ’s passion, to try, each one of us, to feel the weight of the cross, to understand a little of the immensity of God’s sacrifice for us, and the immensity of God’s love for us.

– Br. Geoffrey Tristram
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
How is Jesus’ suffering a path to healing and compassion for you?

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Palm Sunday: Vulnerability

What is it that makes you vulnerable? In our lifetimes, we don’t lose our spiritual vulnerability. We wouldn’t want to lose it. How we come to know God, how God breaks through to us, is probably through something that is broken in our lives.

– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
How will you share your vulnerability with Jesus today?

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Grace

Temptation becomes an instrument of God’s grace when it causes us to acknowledge our helplessness, when it prompts us to look for God’s help, when it puts us in places where we realize our need for a Savior.

– Br. David Vryhof
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Can you invite God’s grace into the places of contradiction and darkness within you?

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Repentance

As Jesus said over and over again, if you sin and repent and try to live a new life, you will be saved. This is a manifestation of that same loving fatherhood of God repeated over and over throughout the Psalms and the writings of the Prophets, and throughout the whole of the New Testament.

– Br. David Allen
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Is there something you need to repent of today, in order to feel Easter joy tomorrow?

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Relationship

Christianity demands community. It is through our relationship with others we hear God’s word and understand God’s call.

– Br. Eldridge Pendleton
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
What might your relationships with other people reveal about new ways of being in relationship with God?

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Discipline

Spiritual discipline has more to do with a posture of attentive learning rather than a posture of retentive fixation on some form or formula. I think showing up is a very important spiritual discipline.

– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
How will you keep faithful to your discipline of prayer, even in the dry times?

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Transformation

Healing is not the same as recovery. Often when I was a parish priest, I witnessed a sick person’s life transformed by the loving prayers and support of family and friends, an experience of deep healing for them. But they didn’t always ‘recover’ their physical health.

– Br. Geoffrey Tristram
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Will you pray for God’s transformation in your life?

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Praise

The Psalms are full of emotional honesty and transparency—even the truth about our ugliest impulses. Rage, resentment, violent retribution, even the cursing of others: it’s all there in the Psalms. If we pray with this kind of honesty, and live with this kind of truth telling, we approach the presence of light and life. Truth telling leads us toward fuller life.

– Br. Mark Brown
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Will you praise God today as the Psalms do, through truthfulness?

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Judgment

I think we eternally matter to God insofar as God longs to be united with all that God creates. That is the nature of God: a God of union and communion.

– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Can you invite judgment from God in prayer today?

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