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.

Ash Wednesday – Br. Curtis Almquist

Feb 21, 2007

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  In the early western church, individuals wanting to be baptized began a period of public penance on this first day of Lent. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers of SSJE rely on the inspired kindness of friends to sustain our…

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Blessings and Woes – Br. David Vryhof

Feb 11, 2007

A sermon preached at Christ Church, Pensacola, FL Luke 6:19-26 Consider with me these three scenes from the Gospel of Luke: Scene One: A small village in the hill country of Judea.  Mary, a young girl from the town of Nazareth in Galilee who is expecting a child, enters the home of her elderly relative…

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An Urge to Hug Sycamores – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Feb 11, 2007

Jeremiah 17: 5-10                                                                  1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Psalm 1                                                                                               Luke 6:17-26 One of the things I like most about my monastic cell is the view from its window.  This week I spent a lot of time staring out the window meditating on scripture and I was struck by the beauty of the landscape, even in this…

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Seeing and Serving Jesus – Br. Curtis Almquist

Feb 10, 2007

Mark 8:1-10 In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, ‘I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers of…

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Jeremiah and Luke on Vocation – Br. David Allen

Jan 28, 2007

Jer. 1:4-10 / Lk. 4:21-30 Both the readings from Jeremiah and from the Gospel for today have something to tell us about vocation. The passage from Jeremiah tells us about the call of God to the reluctant young Jeremiah to become a Prophet.   The Gospel reading tells us about Jesus proclaiming to the people of…

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Judy and Cate – Br. Mark Brown

Jan 9, 2007

Hebrews 2:5-12/Psalm 8/Mark 1:21-28 I find it difficult—impossible, actually—to think in first century terms.  Casting out unclean spirits or demons is something that simply does not relate to anything in my experience or worldview.  At least as it’s presented in the story. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers of SSJE rely on…

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Bon appetit! – Br. Mark Brown

Dec 31, 2006

John 1:1-18 One of my Brothers told me the other day about seeing Julia Child weeping.  She was with the French chef Jacques Pepin on her TV show and they had made a nectarine tart.  When it was finished, they sat down to eat.  Julia wept.  That something so good, so beautiful, so wonderful, so…

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The Mark of Jonah – Br. Mark Brown

Dec 12, 2006

Jonah 3:1-4:11/Psalm 67/Luke 11:29-32 We continue this evening with “Seers and Sages: Preaching the Prophets.”  For this second installment I will be presumptuous and try a little prophecy of my own.  I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do have the Times and the Globe and The Economist and online news sources. And the…

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John the Baptist and the Way of Christ – Br. Curtis Almquist

Dec 11, 2006

Advent II (C) Luke 3:1-6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John.  He came to be called the Messiah’s forerunner.  He was also Jesus’ cousin, just six months or so older than Jesus.  What would it have been like for these two cousins to grow up around each other?  Support SSJE…

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God With Us – Br. Curtis Almquist

Nov 29, 2006

Luke 21:10-19 When I was young, I remember being taught that if I really believed in Jesus, I would be kept safe and sound – I and those whom I love – and we would be spared terrible things in life. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers of SSJE rely on the…

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