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Holy Saturday: Emptiness

Love the emptiness. If you do not have space in your soul – if you keep yourself filled on food or constant activity or ever-new ideas– your desire will be blunted or even perverted. We have been created with the gift of desire, to long for, to anticipate.

– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Where might life be waiting to erupt out of emptiness for you?

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Good Friday: Suffering

It was not because Jesus was oblivious to pain that enabled him to undergo such cruelty. It was because he knew the depth of human grief and loss and despair. And he knew that, because he loved.

– Br. James Koester
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Will you ask God to transform your suffering into greater love?

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Maundy Thursday: Revelation

Take up these symbols of the new life: towel and basin and water. Let them be for you a sign of your love for him and your gratitude for all that he has done for you. Let them be for you a pledge of your commitment to serve – not out of duty, but out of love; not to obtain a reward, but to imitate the One who freely and willingly laid down his life for you. Let them be for you a reminder of your true vocation.

– Br. David Vryhof
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Will you ask God to reveal to you something new this Maundy Thursday?

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Wednesday in Holy Week: Paradox

There is something about our suffering in life – what we would not have chosen but cannot avoid – when we say “yes” to God, when we show ourselves ready to bear our suffering before God, that opens the door for transformation, for consecration. There is something about facing the dark night that allows us to see the dawning of joy.

– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Are you ready for Easter joy, whenever and wherever it might arise?

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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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