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.

Live All You Can – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

May 17, 2020

“If the present time is making you feel stir crazy, bored, or listless, don’t put your life on hold! Instead, consider whether this might be an invitation to you from the Spirit, to live life abundantly: now… today.”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us to ask the Spirit’s help in discovering and experiencing abundant life, even in the midst of pandemic.

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The God on the Mountain – Br. David Vryhof

May 16, 2020

“God’s love surrounds you on every side and in every circumstance of life, and that love can never fail, or be taken from you.  You are loved unconditionally, now and forever.  Abide in that love, draw strength from it every day, rest in it every night.  Whatever you’re going through right now, of this you can be sure: you are deeply loved by God, and always will be. God will never forsake you.”

In these times of trial, Br. David Vryhof encourages us to draw on Christ’s strength, trust in his power, claim his steadfastness, and embrace his promise of life.

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Recollecting Your Life’s Travels – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 16, 2020

“You are a seasoned traveler in life. Undoubtedly you have been on uncharted territory before. And God has been with you and is with you. Recollect your life, which will inspire confidence in the present and hope for the future. This is a way of ‘praying your life.’”

During this season of staying home, Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to remember our travels through life.

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How to Wait?

May 15, 2020

Can we reclaim waiting – during these uncertain times – as an experience not imposed on us from without, but which can nourish us from within? Explore the monastic wisdom of waiting with Br. Geoffrey Tristram.

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Waiting, so difficult and so promising

May 14, 2020

Br. Curtis Almquist offers encouragement and support in this difficult time when we must wait.

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Help and Hope During a Time of Conflict – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 9, 2020

“The life we have been given is now. Where Christ will be really present is in the real present, in the now, right now, wherever and however we are. Our life will indeed come to an end, if not today, someday, maybe soon. Live today as if this were your last day. It could be.”

Br. Curtis Almquist takes Saint Paul’s words and overlays them on our own Coronavirus circumstances, to find some good counsel for life together during our own conflicted time.

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Pray a new mind; a response to love – Br. Sean Glenn

May 9, 2020

“The Spirit teaches us to pray in Jesus’ name, training us to love what Jesus loves and desire what Jesus desires—sometimes to the detriment of our own private desires, ambitions, or assumptions. To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray with the hopes that God will refine our desires.”

Br. Sean Glenn takes up Jesus’ “vexing consolation,” which promises, “If in my name you ask for anything, I will do it.”

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Locked Down with the Lady Julian – Br. James Koester

May 8, 2020

“What strikes me today about Julian, is that in the midst of a world filled with such grief, loss, death, and uncertainty, she could write with so much confidence about the mercy, grace, and love of God. In the midst of her own illness, the Great Famine, the Black Death, and so much political and religious turmoil, she could still write all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”

Br. James Koester echoes Lady Julian of Norwich’s powerful words, spoken across the centuries, from one time of pandemic to another.

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Aslan is on the move! – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

May 5, 2020

“The winter has been destroyed. Death has been conquered. As the leaves and flowers burst forth, so Jesus burst forth from the tomb. ‘Behold I make all things new!’  There are so many reasons right now in our world why our own hearts might feel frozen or wintry: anxiety, restlessness, uncertainty, loneliness, grief. Yet the Risen Lord is longing to draw near to us, and to draw us ever closer to the fire of his love.”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram points our hearts toward Spring.

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Retreat-In-Place

May 4, 2020

Practical suggestions for how to cooperate with God in planning retreat time, even from and at home.

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