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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.

On Being Known by God – Br. David Vryhof

Oct 10, 2006

Psalm 139:1-14 The spiritual journey is a journey towards God. It is a journey in which we discover that we are beloved children of God and in which we learn to live our lives grounded in that reality. The Scriptures are given to instruct and guide us along this path. This afternoon I’m going to…

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Patience of the Presence of God – Br. Curtis Almquist

Oct 1, 2006

Pentecost XVII Almost four hundred years ago a child christened “Nicholas” Herman was born in the Lorraine region of France.  At the age of 18 he became a soldier in the Thirty Years War.  He survived, but was haunted by the terrible acts he had witnessed, and he decided to devote his life to Christ. …

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WWCD? (What Would Constantine Do?) – Br. Mark Brown

Sep 24, 2006

Mark 9:30-37 According to history the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity sometime in the early 4th century.  But some people say Constantine did not convert to Christianity: the church converted to Constantine.  That is, the church took on the trappings of power and empire and even the power of coercion.  And things have been…

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Sermon for Ember Friday – Br. David Allen

Sep 22, 2006

1 Sam. 3:1-10 / Mt. 9:35-38 On Ember Friday, we are asked to pray for the choice of fit persons for the ministry.  We can find this theme reflected in the readings for today. The reading from 1st Samuel is about a significant incident early in the life of the boy Samuel. Support SSJE Please…

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Commemoration of Dag Hammar­skjöld – Br. Curtis Almquist

Sep 19, 2006

Luke 7: 11-17 In the calendar of the church we remember today Dag Hammar­skjöld, the much beloved Swedish diplomat who was elected Secretary General of the United Nations in 1953.  In the church calendar he is called “Servant of Peace,” having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers…

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Power Over Demons – Br. David Vryhof

Sep 17, 2006

Mark 9:14-29 It seems to me that we who live in today’s world, with its extensive and rapid means of communication, are more keenly aware than ever before of the tremendous evil and suffering that affect the lives of all who live on this earth. Day after day, we are confronted with images of war,…

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Who Are You

Sep 5, 2006

1 Cor. 2:10-16; Ps. 145:8-15; Luke 4: 31-37 I have a problem: I don’t believe in demons–not in any literal sense. So I can’t believe in casting them out.  And, so, I can’t think of Jesus as an exorcist.  I love scary movies with “beasties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night”.…

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Beheading of John the Baptist – Br. Curtis Almquist

Aug 29, 2006

Mark 6:17-29 For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her.  For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work.…

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Simeon Wilberforce O'Neill – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Aug 28, 2006

Joshua 24: 1-2a, 15-22 Psalm 34: 15-24 Ephesians 5: 21-23 John 6: 60-69 In 1891, after his retirement as Superior of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist and before he settled down to live at the Mission House on Temple Street in Boston, Father Benson traveled around the world to see those places he…

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The Feast of the Transfiguration – Br. Curtis Almquist

Aug 6, 2006

Luke 9:28-36 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.  And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.  Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. Support…

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