Failure

When we know that God knows everything about us and loves us, then we can face those areas of our lives of which we are ashamed – our sins, our weaknesses and failures, our tendency to hurt others and to turn away from God. We can face these things honestly because we know that God knows. And in spite of knowing all these things, God’s love for us persists.

– Br. David Vryhof
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Can you accept failure as a chance to love yourself more deeply?

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Enemies

My failure to love my enemy can give me insight into my enemy’s failure to love me. Acknowledging my own failure, I can begin to have compassion on the failure of others. We can, in a sense, recognize something of ourselves in the “enemy.”

– Br. Mark Brown
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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How might the enemies in your life belong there, for your own conversion?

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Petition

We might be praying quite specifically for someone or something, but we figure into the answer of this prayer which began in God’s own heart. God has given us an awareness of some need, and that need is being addressed through our own awareness and our own availability.

– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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How does petition help sharpen your caring for others?

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Intercession

Intercession is about love, and learning to love. Intercession is about love that is both expressed and learnt. We express our love for another when we pray for them, and we learn to love them even more, even our enemies.

– Br. James Koester
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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What of your “distractions” are invitations for your prayer?

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Father

In our life of prayer, in our regular participation in the Eucharist and the sacramental life, we allow the dynamic community of love which is God the Holy Trinity, the dance of love between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to graciously spill over, forgive us, wash over us, and draw us in so that we can participate in that life.

– Br. Geoffrey Tristram
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Will you imitate Jesus’ intimacy with the Father in prayer?

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Trinity

We should be aware that we are indeed taking part in the worship of the Holy Trinity: It is God the Father who created us and all things, God the Son who redeemed us by his Death, Resurrection, and Ascension, and the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us, now and always, as we keep our hearts open in love.

– Br. David Allen
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Will you pray today, participating in the loving union of God as Trinity?

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Body

For you to receive as gift Christ’s offer of peace might have to do with some movement of your body, some way that you walk, some way that you gesture or use your hands; something you do with you body. Maybe a bowing, a pacing, a posturing. Perhaps there is some practice to attend to when you are alone.

– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Will you breathe and invite God’s wholeness into your body?

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Mystery

Life has a way of shattering our safe and comfortable images of God. Over and over again we are driven to search for a deeper understanding, for a renewed and deeper relationship. We will never know God fully in this life; the fullness of the Mystery will always be beyond our comprehension.

– Br. David Vryhof
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Will you send a dart of longing love into the mystery of God?

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Delight

When God sees us, God sees our uniqueness, our particularities, our peculiarities, our strengths, our weaknesses, etc. And God loves us for who we are, warts and all.

– Br. Mark Brown
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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How will you take delight in yourself today?

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Desire

God is in our desire, behind our desire, before our desire, beyond our desire. God is using this potent, sometimes gnawing gift of desire – which springs from God’s own heart – to lead us, like with bread crumbs, to a door which we might not have otherwise chosen or even recognized in this life. Inside that door is home.

– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Can you fast from what overfills you, to claim what you most deeply desire?

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