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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.

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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You Are the Light of the World

Jun 8, 2004

Preached by The Rev. Christine Whittaker Matthew 5:13-16 The Reverend Christine Whittaker, Rector of St. Michael’s Church, Holliston, and a regular participant in the Muslim-Christian Dialogue sponsored by the Massachusetts Council of Churches and the Islamic Council of New England. She has recently returned from a three-month sabbatical focused on Muslim-Christian relations, which included worshiping…

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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jun 1, 2004

Luke 1:39-49 In the calendar of the church we remember today an unlikely visitation of two women: Mary and Elizabeth. The mere fact that they are visiting one another is not unlikely. To the contrary. They are relatives, and they live within a long walk between each others’ homes. The “unlikely” element is the reason…

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Marked as Christ's Own Forever – Br. David Vryhof

May 30, 2004

The Feast of Pentecost John 20:19–23 It has been 2,000 years now since a special child was born in the land of Israel. He was 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…

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Jesus Christ Savior of the World – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 23, 2004

Psalm 47 John 17:20-26 In the Psalm appointed for today – Psalm 47, which we have just sung – we proclaim that “the Lord , the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth….” If you were of the Jewish faith, you would acknowledge the truthfulness of this testimony, that “the Lord…

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Fellowship of St. John Day

May 8, 2004

Preached by the Most Rev. Michael G. Peers John 20:1-9 The Most Reverend Michael G. Peers, a long-time friend of the SSJE community and member of our Fellowship of Saint John, retired from office as Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada on February 1st after having served as Primate since 1986. A hallmark of…

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Belonging to God – Br. David Vryhof

May 2, 2004

John 10:20-33 Know that the Lord is God; it is he that has made us and we are his. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:2 I have many memories of the Dutch Calvinist home in western Michigan in which I grew up. One of those memories is of a…

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Thomas the Faithful Doubter – Br. Curtis Almquist

Apr 18, 2004

John 20:19-31 Have you ever had the experience of taking a photograph of someone and then finding the result rather disappointing? Not necessarily because the person you photo­graph is out of focus; not because the color is funny; not even because the composition is off-balanced… but because the person captured in the moment of photograph…

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