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.

God’s Choosing; Our Choosing – Br. Curtis Almquist

Mar 21, 2007

John 5:19-26 We hear in this gospel appointed for today the recurring reminder that we are “chosen,” chosen persons by God.  “You did not choose me, but I chose you,” we hear Jesus saying. My own sense is that many of us are quite ambivalent about being chosen. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work.…

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Whose Child is This? – Br. David Vryhof

Mar 20, 2007

St. Joseph’s Day “Whose child is this?” I imagine that was a lively question for Joseph as he pondered the news that Mary, his betrothed, was pregnant though she claimed to have had no relations with a man. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers of SSJE rely on the inspired kindness of…

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The Prodigal Story – Br. Curtis Almquist

Mar 18, 2007

Fourth Sunday in Lent Luke 15: 1-3, 11b-32 The English word, prodigal, comes from the Latin, prōdigus, wasteful.  Here we have this story Jesus tells about the “prodigal son” who wastes his life away until he comes to his senses.  I would say this is more than a story about a son; this is like…

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The Real Presence of Jesus – Br. Curtis Almquist

Mar 13, 2007

During the past nine months I have had two opportunities to travel with my brothers to Tanzania in eastern Africa, such a great privilege.  I’ll tell you two stories out of Africa.  On a late afternoon this past March I was walking with my brother Tom Shaw along a dirt lane, being escorted by Bishop…

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Good News – Br. David Allen

Mar 11, 2007

A sermon offered at OSA Bethany Convent, Arlington Hts, MA Exodus 3:1-15 The Good News of God is expressed in each of the three Scripture readings and the Psalm that we just heard in today’s Holy Eucharist.  It is expressed differently in each of them, but that shows us how broad and deep and high…

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Temptation – Br. David Vryhof

Feb 24, 2007

Lent I — Luke 4:1-13 If I were to show you a drawing of a person with a tiny angel perched on one shoulder and a tiny devil perched on the other, I have no doubt you would recognize immediately what the picture was trying to convey. Temptation is a universal phenomenon, isn’t it? All…

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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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