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.

The Fear of the Love of God – Br. Curtis Almquist

Feb 20, 2005

Psalm 33:18 Back in the 1960s, as a young boy, I attended a series of services at a church. It was a called a ‘prophecy conference,’and I knew I was doomed. The conference focused on a certain interpretation of the last book of the Bible, The Book of Revelation, drawing especially on the teaching of…

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Lenten Disipline – Br. Curtis Almquist

Feb 12, 2005

This past Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we entered the season of Lent. It’s not insignificant that Lent lasts for forty days, and not by accident. The number forty was evidently suggested by the forty days of fasting recorded in the scriptures: Moses, and Elijah, and especially Jesus himself (following his baptism) all fasted for forty days……

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Mighty Waves – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jan 4, 2005

Matthew 14:22-33 I would suspect that everyone here knows the terror of the sea, whether or not you’ve even ever been out in a boat or at the beach. I think that the words of the psalmist have a haunting familiarity for most of us: “The breakers of death rolled over me, and the torrents…

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The Holy Name of Jesus – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jan 1, 2005

Luke 2:15-21 Back in my early elementary school years, one of my biggest fears was that someone would discover my middle name. Nobody but my family knew it. And it was also all their fault. My middle name is “Gustav,” a Swedish name passed down from my paternal grandfather and my own father. I had…

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Who Took the Baby? – Br. James Koester

Dec 26, 2004

John 1:1-14 If you have paid close attention yesterday and today you may have noticed, as Brother David told us in his homily yesterday, that something is missing, or perhaps I should say, someone is missing, and you would be right. We have all been waiting a long time, and suddenly the day has come…

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Refract Jesus – Br. Curtis Almquist

Dec 24, 2004

Luke1:2-14 Christmas would not be Christmas (perhaps for many of us) without our singing Adeste Fideles, this cherished hymn with which we began our liturgy this evening. I suspect that many of us here may even know the hymn mostly by heart: Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers of SSJE rely on…

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Dream Dreams – Br. Curtis Almquist

Dec 19, 2004

Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been en­gaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned…

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Keep Awake! – Br. Curtis Almquist

Nov 28, 2004

Matthew 24:37-44 …Keep awake, for you do not now on what day your Lord is coming But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming he would have stayed awake and wound not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also…

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Choices – Br. David Vryhof

Nov 18, 2004

Luke 15:11-32 There was once a man whose son wanted to make his own choices in life. Now it pained the father to let him make these choices because he suspected that his son was not really prepared for this kind of responsibility — but still he gave him the freedom he wanted. (There are…

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St. Margaret of Scotland – Br. James Koester

Nov 16, 2004

Matthew 13:44-52 It is hard to believe, but in less than two weeks we will be celebrating Advent Sunday and will begin again the liturgical cycle that will take us through Advent and onto Christmas and past Epiphany and Lent and Easter and back to these weeks after Pentecost. The cycle of feast and fast,…

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