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.

Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jan 31, 2006

This season of Epiphany, following Christmastide and prior to Lent, is a season when we remember the “manifestation” of God in ways and to people who would not have seemed first on the list. (The Greek word “Epiphany” actually means manifestation.)Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers of SSJE rely on the inspired…

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The Soul's Thirst for God – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jan 29, 2006

If you were to open up the magazine that comes with today’s Boston Globe and New York Times, you will find many promises. Many of the promises are quite subliminal, and yet they clearly tap a need. And the need is not necessarily for the product, but rather for the experience you will realize if…

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Asking in Jesus' Name – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jan 10, 2006

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy…

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Christmas Eve – Br. Curtis Almquist

Dec 24, 2005

If this Christmas you are asking the question, maybe desperately, whether God is with you, Br. Curtis Almquist suggests you rephrase the question: not whether God is with you, but how God is with you?

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And That is Advent – Br. Mark Brown

Dec 11, 2005

Text: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:23-30) A few days ago I came across some words of Moses of Leon, a 13 th century Jewish mystic: “and in the world to come, they are destined to behold the soul of the soul of the Torah.” Destined to behold the soul of the…

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Advent Waiting – Br. Curtis Almquist

Dec 10, 2005

The name of this season of the Church year, Advent, comes from the Latin, adventus, which means “coming,” the coming, and the coming again of Christ. In the meantime, we wait. Waiting can be a great problem, especially in our own culture. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers of SSJE rely on…

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The Gift of Joy – Br. Curtis Almquist

Dec 9, 2005

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your…

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All Souls Day – Br. Curtis Almquist

Nov 2, 2005

Psalm 130 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 My first experience of the faithful departed was not a positive one. I was a young child, and it dawned on me that “they” could see me. Everyone in heaven could see me. It was like when I looked down into my terrarium. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work.…

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Mary Our Companion – Br. Curtis Almquist

Oct 22, 2005

It is our custom here at the monastery on most Saturdays to remember the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our chapel is dedicated to Mary and, as guests will know, we begin Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer every day with the recitation of the “Angelus,” (as in “angels”). Support SSJE Please…

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On Being Known by God – Br. David Vryhof

Oct 10, 2005

Psalm 139:1-14 The spiritual journey is a journey towards God. It is a journey in which we discover that we are beloved children of God and in which we learn to live our lives grounded in that reality. The Scriptures are given to instruct and guide us along this path. Support SSJE Please support the…

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