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 Righteous Judgment – Br. David Allen

Sep 12, 2005

Romans 2:1-11 / Ps. 62:1-9 / Lk. 11:42-46 When I was in the Navy, during and just after the Korean War, one of the places our Destroyer visited was Hong Kong.  We went there once a year for a long weekend of R & R.  On my first visit to Hong Kong the squadron Chaplain…

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How Often Should I Forgive? – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Sep 11, 2005

Ecclesiasticus 27: 30-28: 7 Psalm 103” 8-13 Romans 14: 5-12 Matthew 18: 21-35 In his recent excellent treatise on contemplative prayer, BECOMING CHIRST, Brian C. Taylor gives this description of redemptive living Jesus frequently referred to as the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers…

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St. Gregory the Great – Br. David Allen

Sep 3, 2005

Mk 10:43b Gregory the Great was one of two Popes to be called “The Great”. This title was bestowed on him after his death in 604, honoring his many accomplishments. The other one was Pope Leo the Great. Gregory was the first monk to become a pope. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The…

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Our Life-Long Conversion – Br. Curtis Almquist

Aug 15, 2005

Matthew 15:21-28 I’d like to ask you a question about summer fare. It’s a question about lobsters, something very familiar (and delightful!) to many of us here on the eastern seaboard. How can a lobster weighing one pound grow into a lobster weighing three pounds, even ten pounds when the lobster has such a hard…

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Unless We Become Like Children – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Aug 8, 2005

Deuteronomy 31: 1-8 Psalm 111 Matthew 18: 1-5, 10, 12-14 Jesus of Nazareth was a product of a peasant agrarian culture that flourished in the villages of Galilee two thousand years ago. Like all his friends and neighbors he was a member of an extended family. These families were headed by a patriarch or more…

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The Canaanite Woman – Br. David Allen

Aug 3, 2005

Mt. 15:21-28 Today’s Gospel reading presents us with a big question.  Was Jesus deliberately trying to be exclusive in his ministry when he told his disciples that he was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel when the Canaanite woman called upon him for mercy and healing for her daughter? Or…

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Mercy of God – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jul 24, 2005

Psalm 119:129-136 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-49a Fyodor Dostoevsky tells the story of how in 1852, when he was incarcerated as a political prisoner in Siberia, he was so disgusted by the drunkenness and violence of his fellow prisoners that he climbed onto his bunk and turned his back upon the chaos in the barracks room. Support…

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Sermon For Pentecost 9 – Br. David Allen

Jul 21, 2005

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Today’s Gospel is the second in a series of parables Jesus told from a boat by the lakeshore of Galilee in order to teach those who had gathered around him something about the complex nature of the kingdom of heaven. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers of SSJE rely…

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God's Conditional Love – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jul 12, 2005

Back in my college years, I was a zealous member of an interdenominational Christian fellow­ship group. We were incredibly earnest young Christ­ians – even a little insuf­ferable sometimes I suspect – and, now and then, it probably wouldn’t have hurt for us to hear one of our men­tors say, “Okay, you guys: Lighten up! Relax…

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Bede the Venerable – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 25, 2005

Matthew 13:47-52 We remember today a monk, a scholar, an historian named Bede, the Venerable Bede, born around the year 670. He is best remembered for his monumental tome, the “Ecclesiastical History of the English People.” His own method of dating events from the time of the birth of Christ – the designation A.D., anno…

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