We believe passionately that God has given us a mission: to draw others to know and experience in their lives the love of God in Christ. Sharing this “Good News” is at the center of our call and our life. In our chapels and retreat houses, and our online teachings, we hope to offer a still point in the midst of the chaos of contemporary life. We hope that as you explore these pages, you’ll find “Good News” that will help you live authentically, responsive to God’s call of love.

Monastery Chapel in August

Jul 28, 2021

We are taking our usual pause in August. There will be no livestreamed worship, and no new sermons will be posted. We Brothers will have our annual Community Retreat, time off for vacation and family visits, and also be gathering for Discussions and Chapter. For a daily dose of monastic wisdom, subscribe to “Brother, Give…

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To Be A Pilgrim – Br. James Koester

Jul 27, 2021

“The truly surprising thing is that you don’t have to travel thousands of miles to be surprised by God. You only have to be a pilgrim. And you can be that, right here and right now, by opening yourself up to the power and presence of God.”

Br. James Koester invites us to be pilgrims: right here, right now.

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It is I; Do Not Be Afraid – Br. David Vryhof

Jul 25, 2021

“When Jesus finds his voice – at around age 30 – he speaks a great deal about fear, worry, and anxiety: he tells us that we need not be afraid, that we need not worry, that we need not be anxious.  Why is that?  Because of God’s powerful presence and provision; and because of God’s enduring faithfulness.  Jesus learned this.  In facing his own fears, he discovered he was not alone.”

Br. David Vryhof encourages us to see our fear not as an obstacle to God, but as an invitation from God, who promises to be with us.

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It is the Lord – Br. James Koester

Jul 24, 2021

“The world needs monks, because monks are liminal people who stand on the threshold of two worlds, guiding women and men of faith, and pointing to the stranger on the shore, saying, it is the Lord. Jack, today you take your place on that threshold, as friend and guide to others, who is not afraid of the dark, and who has the clarity of vision to see and recognize the Lord as he emerges, clothed in shadows, on the shore.”

Br. James Koester welcomes Jack Crowley as a professed member of the community, and as a guide who stands on the threshold between two worlds.

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John Cassian and the Perfection of Life – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jul 23, 2021

“A farmer works every day through all the changing weather and seasons, with each turn of the spade having the ultimate harvest in mind. So too, the merchant who travels and the soldier who fights. There is always the end goal in mind. And for the monk? The end goal is purity of heart, the conversion to Christ.”

Br. Curtis Almquist draws inspiration from John Cassian, whose teachings on the goals and ends of monastic life remain relevant today, in a monastery and beyond.

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Loving Arms – Br. Luke Ditewig

Jul 20, 2021

“We often shoot off panicked prayers, frenzied, striving and scared. How can we be still? Stop. For a minute or for a few. Stop what you’re doing. Stop the noise. Disconnect from devices. Take deep breaths. Go outside to breathe fresh air. Shake out the panic, or walk or run. Gently sway, rocking, calming yourself. Gaze at something beautiful: light and shadow, tree, bird, or you own hand. Pray your desire: ‘Let me be still, and know that you are God.’”

Br. Luke Ditewig reminds us that we were created for stillness.

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“The Conversion of Fear into Power”

Jul 19, 2021

In the latest Cowley, Br. Curtis invites us to consider Jesus’ promise of power. Read or listen to the rest of Br. Curtis’ piece: The Conversion of Fear into Power.

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Praying the day with Jesus – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Jul 18, 2021

“As we gathered around our mother and described our day, the fun bits, the sad bits, our hopes, our fears, our anger, our confusion, we were learning, and growing in understanding and maturity. The same thing was happening when those disciples gathered around Jesus to talk about their days on mission. They described their experiences and feelings, their hopes and fears, and as they spoke, Jesus was gently guiding and encouraging them, feeding their souls, restoring their spirits.”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us to look back and chat about our day with God as openly as the disciples did with Jesus.

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An Enduring, Steadfast Love – Br. Sean Glenn

Jul 17, 2021

“If asked the question, “How would you describe God’s character?” how would you respond? Of course, none of us can really answer that question in its fullness. Even with a careful apophasis—that is, an approach to speaking of God in terms of what God is not—we nonetheless remain confronted with the reality that our language about God can only ever attempt to point toward God’s character.”

Rising above language’s limitations, Br. Sean Glenn points to the heart of who God actually is.

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Sabbath Joy – Br. James Koester

Jul 16, 2021

“The picture which Jesus paints of the sabbath is not a day constrained by rules and regulations, such as my mother experienced, but a day of healing, wholeness, and liberation, a day of mercy, love, and delight, in which we discover again the very nature and being of this God, who is a God of rest.”

Br. James Koester invites us to experience the joys of the Sabbath.

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