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Praying Our Lives

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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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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