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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.

Pharisee and Tax Collector – Br. Curtis Almquist

Oct 24, 2004

Luke 18:9-14 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am…

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Peace of Jesus – Br. Curtis Almquist

Oct 12, 2004

John 14:15-27 There is very little talk of peace. Not up until now, at least in John’s gospel. This portion of John’s gospel which we’ve just heard is a flashback to that earlier scene in the Upper Room – what we call the Last Supper – when Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not let…

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Recognizing Lazarus by the Gate – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Sep 26, 2004

Luke 16:19-31 Every time I hear the story of the rich man Dives and the beggar Lazarus, I feel uncomfortable.  Not only do I feel guilty for knowing I hold back from doing much more than lip service for the poor and needy, and not just for the destitute I encounter on the streets at…

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The Profession in Life Vows of Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE – Br. Curtis Almquist

Sep 19, 2004

Exodus: 33:18-23; Psalm 84 All of us here should have had the experience of being protected: of being guarded by someone’s act of kindness and care, of being held back or hidden or shielded or removed from something that would be too much for us to bear – too dangerous, too awful, too awesome for…

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Stewarding the Gift of Life – Br. Curtis Almquist

Aug 10, 2004

John 12:24-26 Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal…

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Transfiguration – Br. Curtis Almquist

Aug 6, 2004

Luke 9:28-36 This past week I’ve been re-reading the extraordinary novel by Charles Dickens’ entitled, A Tale of Two Cities. You may remember that Dickens begins this great epic of war and revolution in Europe by speaking about the irony and paradoxes of that time in history. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The…

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A Chasing After Wind – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Aug 1, 2004

Luke 12:13-21 These days whenever I drive down High Street in Newburyport I see houses under construction. Sometime the new building is on one of the few remaining open spaces along the street, but most often it is on lots where houses already stood, perfectly good houses built in the last fifty years. Support SSJE…

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Proper 11C – Br. Jonathan Maury

Jul 18, 2004

Luke 10:38-42 When first glimpsed over the flat, scrub-covered land, it appeared quite small. Gradually though this was revealed as an optical illusion created by its isolation in the vast expanse before us. As the truck driven by our host Father Gabriel moved closer and closer, its immense height and expanse became clear. Its proportions…

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Some Thoughts on the Sin of Pride – Br. David Vryhof

Jun 13, 2004

Luke 7:36-50 In his Spiritual Exercises, the great 16th century saint and founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola, employs a method of prayer in which one uses the imagination to envision the setting of a gospel story and then allows the story to unfold in his mind’s eye — observing the characters, their words…

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Restoration of the Religious Life – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jun 12, 2004

Colossians 3:12-17 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together…

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