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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.

Vincent de Paul, the Apostle of Charity – Br. Curtis Almquist

Sep 27, 2019

“Vincent was by temperament a very irritable, short-tempered person. He said of himself that, except for the grace of God, he would have been ‘hard and repulsive, rough and cross.’ But he became tender and affectionate, very sensitive to the needs of others, and he emulated humility.”

Br. Curtis Almquist honors Vincent de Paul, the “Apostle of Charity,” for both his humanity and his exemplary life.

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Prayer, Wealth and Idolatry – Br. Lucas Hall

Sep 26, 2019

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS“You cannot serve God and wealth.” This is a great line from today’s Gospel lesson. In it, Jesus offers a clear and unambiguous teaching. In many contexts, you might hear the word, “wealth,” go untranslated, as “mammon.” This is sometimes accompanied by an explanation that “mammon”…

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Thomas Traherne, Clothed with the Heavens – Br. Curtis Almquist

Sep 26, 2019

“Using startling images and seemingly contradictory metaphors, Traherne expressed the cohabitation of the sacred and what is not called sacred, all of which is to be claimed. Why? Because of God’s reclaiming creation in the birth and life of God’s Son, Jesus.”

Br. Curtis Almquist celebrates the life and insights of Thomas Traherne, the great English poet.

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Learn Mercy – Br. Luke Ditewig

Sep 21, 2019

“We remember St. Matthew, one whom Jesus selected, shaped, and sent with love. Following, we continue to learn mercy.”

Br. Luke Ditweig considers the experience of Matthew for a lesson in learning mercy.

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Hildegard of Bingen, who lived and loved with God’s passion – Br. Curtis Almquist

Sep 20, 2019

“We are God’s co-creators. All of life teems with God’s presence and creativity. Hildegard said, ‘God made [us] mirrors of all heaven’s graces.’ We should use all God’s gifts entrusted to us. God’s gifts are to be shared, not squandered, and not denied.”

On Hildegard of Bingen’s feast day, Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to take inspiration on how to live today from this incredible, creative woman born over 900 years ago.

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Prodigal Goodness – Br. Sean Glenn

Sep 15, 2019

“It is not our work or strength that will make us whole; no program will lift us to that place from which we finally lose our tiny, creaturely perspective. The only thing that can restore our vision is the mercy of God—an encounter with Jesus, the shepherd who has left all to “tramp the hills” in search of you and me. Our invitation as God’s people is not to pretend to be good, or pious or saintly; it is to open ourselves to the searching, active mercy of God.”

Br. Sean Glenn tackles some tough words of Scripture as he confronts our human tendency toward self-delusion, only to reveal the tremendous, redemptive power of God’s mercy.

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The Holy Cross – Life from Death – Br. Curtis Almquist

Sep 14, 2019

“Surrender your life, surrender your destiny, and take Jesus at his word: that life for you will come out of death. Your dying is the gateway to real life.”

On Holy Cross Day, Br. Curtis Almquist points us to the miraculous, real, amazing, constant promise of the cross: that life comes out of death.

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Happy Birthday! – Br. Nicholas Bartoli

Sep 10, 2019

“Every day, every moment is an invitation for us to give thanks, to remember the miracle of our birth, our aliveness in God’s likeness, clothed in the Light of creation, and in that very same moment give birth to Christ in our hearts, rejoicing in Christ’s radiance. Every moment can be our birthday and Christmas, all at the same time, and good news just doesn’t get better than that.”

On the feast of Mary’s Nativity, Br. Nicholas Bartoli skirts theological rabbit holes, to instead marvel at the miracle of our lives.

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Two Ways to Live – Br. David Vryhof

Sep 8, 2019

“Do you sometimes cast an eye on those who deal unscrupulously and yet prosper, or those who act immorally and yet are rewarded with success and power? The road to wealth and power and success can be tempting, and it’s easy to justify the moral compromises that help us achieve our goal a little faster.”

Br. David Vryhof dives deep into the Psalms and places before us the age-old choice God offers: “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life…”

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The Joy of Fidelity – Br. James Koester

Sep 7, 2019

“ It is the particularity of a life of fidelity that makes it a life of freedom and liberation. To be so known, and yet still loved by another, is nothing less than an experience of God.”

As the Brothers celebrate two friends’ twentieth wedding anniversary, Br. James Koester considers the commonalities between monastic and married life, particularly the challenges and graces of fidelity.

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