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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.

God's Conditional Love – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jul 12, 2005

Back in my college years, I was a zealous member of an interdenominational Christian fellow­ship group. We were incredibly earnest young Christ­ians – even a little insuf­ferable sometimes I suspect – and, now and then, it probably wouldn’t have hurt for us to hear one of our men­tors say, “Okay, you guys: Lighten up! Relax…

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Bede the Venerable – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 25, 2005

Matthew 13:47-52 We remember today a monk, a scholar, an historian named Bede, the Venerable Bede, born around the year 670. He is best remembered for his monumental tome, the “Ecclesiastical History of the English People.” His own method of dating events from the time of the birth of Christ – the designation A.D., anno…

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A New Heart – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 20, 2005

Mark 10:1-12 We hear this turn of phrase on Jesus’ lips in our gospel lesson, the “hardness of heart.” In Jesus’ world, in Jesus’ spiritual formation, the heart would have represented far more than the amazing biological organ that we have beating within our chest cavity. The heart symbolized far more than this to Jesus.…

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God's Desire; Our Desire – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 8, 2005

John 17:1-11 Could you imagine living life without any sense of desire? I mean, can you imagine having every need, every hope, every longing, every question satisfied? (Can you imagine there being no such thing as “need”?) Can you imagine living in a state of perpetual completeness, wholeness, sufficiency, complacency: of being all and having…

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Saint George, Patron Saint of England – Br. Curtis Almquist

Apr 23, 2005

Ephesians 6:10-20 Mark 8:34-38 We remember today a solider named George who lived in Palestine at the beginning of the fourth century. He was killed, not in service to the emperor Diocletian but rather martyred as a soldier of Christ. He became known throughout the Eastern Church as “The Great Martyr.” Support SSJE Please support…

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Emmaus – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Apr 10, 2005

Luke 24:13-35 Every year for eight years on Easter Monday, I used to make a twenty mile hike. It was from Welwyn, Hertfordshire, where I was parish priest, to our cathedral in St Albans. I would be joined by about a hundred young people and helpers from our Sunday School and Youth Group. Support SSJE…

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Feast of the Annunciation – Br. Curtis Almquist

Apr 5, 2005

Luke 1:26-38 Sister John of the Cross is a contemporary Carmelite nun who experiences spiritual visions of such dazzling power and insight that she is sought after and revered by many people as being something of a spiritual master. The only qualification to her spiritual prowess is that her visions are accompanied by powerful headaches.…

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The Day of Resurrection: The Easter Vigil – Br. Curtis Almquist

Mar 27, 2005

Matthew 28:1-10 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like…

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The Fear of the Love of God – Br. Curtis Almquist

Feb 20, 2005

Psalm 33:18 Back in the 1960s, as a young boy, I attended a series of services at a church. It was a called a ‘prophecy conference,’and I knew I was doomed. The conference focused on a certain interpretation of the last book of the Bible, The Book of Revelation, drawing especially on the teaching of…

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Lenten Disipline – Br. Curtis Almquist

Feb 12, 2005

This past Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we entered the season of Lent. It’s not insignificant that Lent lasts for forty days, and not by accident. The number forty was evidently suggested by the forty days of fasting recorded in the scriptures: Moses, and Elijah, and especially Jesus himself (following his baptism) all fasted for forty days……

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