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Now

You don’t have to wait till you have died to receive the gift of eternal life – it begins now. When we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives, we are already, now being transformed, being made alive – already in the process of passing from death to life.

– Br. Geoffrey Tristram
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Can you let go of the past and the future, to meet God in the now?

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Abide

“You all: abide in love.” Jesus here is speaking to us collectively, and he presumes that we need one another. Because we must be reminded so many times “to abide,” we know that this is not always easy. Necessary, exceedingly challenging, possible. Only made possible by Jesus who calls us to this high mark.

– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
How will you abide with God as you navigate your way through the day?

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Gratitude

Respond to the invitation of the Eucharistic Great Thanksgiving to lift up one’s heart and let love and gratitude inform each moment of the day. By doing so our whole life becomes love and we are ever drawn more deeply into the mystery of the divine presence, near to the heart of God.

– Br. Eldridge Pendleton
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Will you try to approach your life today with gratitude?

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Savior

Unfailingly, Jesus directs our attention to those parts of our lives that remain desert just because living water has never gotten there. He asks us to go where we have no desire to go, because going there shatters the illusions we hold about ourselves and reveals our need for a Savior.

– Br. David Vryhof
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Will you pray the name of Jesus for the salvation of all?

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Witness

Though God revealed God’s own self with clarity and fullness in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s witnesses have lived throughout the ages, before Christ and since, and whether they knew it or not. We see the ultimate evidence of God’s manifold witnesses, down through the ages and into the present, most particularly in one way. And that is love.

– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
How will you witness to the glorious new life of God, for saints present and yet to come?

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Hope

The larger life of Christ’s resurrection is a life of victory and joy and wonder. It is a life of hope that tells us that death, in any of its forms or guises or disguises, is not the end but the gate and door or something new.

– Br. James Koester
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Where is there cause for hope and joy in your life now?

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Innocence

Christ sets us free from the weight of our sins and failures so that we can join the procession into God’s future—with a certain lightness of being.

– Br. Mark Brown
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Will you ask God to restore innocence to all that is broken in your life and our world?

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Resurrection

Open your eyes and see that resurrection is written into the very fabric of life. The whole of creation has been transformed by Christ’s victory over death – if we but have eyes to see it.

– Br. Geoffrey Tristram
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Where do you experience resurrection?

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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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