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Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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.

The Nativity of John the Baptist – Br. David Allen

Jun 24, 2007

Is. 40:1-11 / Ps. 85:7-13 / Acts 13:14b-26 / Lk. 1:57-80 Just over 13 months ago, while Br. Timothy and I were chaplains to a group of pilgrims at St. George’s College, Jerusalem, we were taken to visit the village of Ein Kerem, just to the west of the city of Jerusalem.  According to tradition…

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The Politics of Failure – Br. Mark Brown

Jun 19, 2007

Matthew 5:43-48 “Be perfect.”  Be perfect, he says!  But in almost the same breath he has just guaranteed our imperfection, our failure.   It’s probably the most startlingly original thing Jesus ever said, and troubling. “Love your enemies.” Love your enemies.  We can guarantee falling down repeatedly on this score. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers…

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Feast of the Sacred Heart – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jun 15, 2007

Until twenty years or so ago, the only thing I had ever heard about the Sacred Heart was from my childhood friend and next-door neighbor, Ronnie Impens, who went to a parochial school, Sacred Heart School.  Ronnie always bragged that the Sacred Heart had the best basketball team.  Otherwise, this feast day which we commemorate…

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Saint Barnabas the Apostle – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jun 12, 2007

Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3 Matthew 10:7-16 In the calendar of the church we remember today Saint Barnabas, an early member of “the company who believed in Jesus.” Drawing on the Gospels and Saint Paul’s writings, we can be quite certain of at least several things.  For one, he was not one of the original twelve disciples. …

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The Profession in Life Vows of Robert Emil L'Esperance, SSJE – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jun 3, 2007

John 16:12-15 John Cassian was a monk living in the late fourth, early fifth centuries.i He was born in France to wealthy parents, received a good education, and while still a youth visited holy places in Palestine, where he decided to become a monk.  Becoming a monk was no more the norm in his day…

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Trinity Sunday – Br. David Allen

Jun 3, 2007

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 / Rom. 5:1-5 / Jn. 16:12-15 This afternoon when our Brother Robert L’Esperance makes his Profession in Life Vows in the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, we shall sing the 9th century Latin hymn, Veni Creator Spiritus, in the 17th century translation by Bp. John Cosin, as a prayer for inspiration…

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First Book of Common Prayer – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 29, 2007

Psalm 96:1-9 John 4:21-24 I entered the Episcopal Church as a young college student.  At the time, the Vietnam War, with all its passions and protests and confusions, was raging and horrific, but this was not perceived as a global problem, at least not by us students.  We simply needed to get out and the…

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The Day of Pentecost – Br. David Allen

May 27, 2007

A sermon preached at OSA Bethany Convent, Arlington Hts, MA Pentecost Acts 2:1-21 / Rom. 8:14-17, 22-27 / Jn 14:8-17, 25-27 Last May, on the Sunday afternoon before the end of the Course at which Br. Timothy and I were chaplains at St. George’s College, Jerusalem, we were taken to see the place commemorating the…

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Holy Baptism: A Sign of God's Love – Br. David Vryhof

May 27, 2007

Pentecost It has been 2,000 years now since a special child was born in the land of Israel.  He was raised as a Jew, and even as a boy, he seemed to have a deep interest in the things of God.  Once, when his family had gone to Jerusalem to attend a festival, he wandered…

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The Pious Parable of Manuel, the Mystical Mexican Monk of Old San Miguel – Br. Mark Brown

May 8, 2007

Feast Day of Julian of Norwich Now is the beginning of always. Here is the beginning of everywhere. Love is the beginning of always and everywhere. He was in the beginning and is all beginning. And so we begin again. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers of SSJE rely on the inspired…

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