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 Advent of Patience – Br. Jack Crowley

Nov 28, 2020

“We do not have the power to reform other people’s behavior, but we do have the power to choose our attitude in responding to other people’s behavior. St. Paul knew having an attitude rooted in patience for other’s mistakes was essential for any Christian to survive and stay sane.”

At the onset of Advent, Br. Jack Crowley considers the Christian virtue of patience, in our relationships with one another and in our life with God.

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Befriended by the King – Br. Keith Nelson

Nov 22, 2020

“The archetype of Kingship is written into our collective unconscious. We know its insidious shadows: the wreckage of abuse, tyranny, imperialism, military conquest, enslavement, systemic patriarchy, and misappropriation of power. Yet we know too its brilliant goodness and magnetism, its order, balance, and peace when people of genuine character embody its ideals and lead us to victory.”

On the Feast of Christ the King, Br. Keith Nelson unfolds three life-giving responses to true power.

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Who is your Lord? Who is your Joy? – Br. Sean Glenn

Nov 21, 2020

“God our Father gives that we might give and be made richer by our giving. So the True King invites us to enter into his joy by multiplying the free gifts of the Spirit.”

Br. Sean Glenn ponders the joy that the world cannot give.

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Relaxed Grip – Br. Luke Ditewig

Nov 21, 2020

“What might you be clinging to so tightly such that it’s hard to recognize what is real? What is getting in the way between you and Jesus?”

Br. Luke Ditewig encourages us to let go, reminding us that before our heritage, privilege, or ability, before our losses, lack, or inability, before our fear, grief, confidence, or confusion, Jesus is.

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The Ordo Advent 2020 through Advent 2021

Nov 19, 2020

Now available to download or to order in print. The Ordo of the Daily Office and Holy Eucharist. Advent 2020 through Advent 2021 ( Year 1 & Year B ) Compiled and edited by Jonathan Maury, SSJE Download free PDF Order print copy Ordo errata corrections

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Risking Trust – Br. Luke Ditewig

Nov 15, 2020

“Do you know what it’s like to be trapped by fear? To not accept a generous invitation? To not risk doing something new or challenging? To not take action except perhaps to dig a really great hole and carefully hide something—or yourself—so that it is seemingly safe and prevented from changing?”

Br. Luke Ditewig urges us to embrace our God given gifts with courage and trust.

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Offering Love – Br. Luke Ditewig

Nov 14, 2020

“Prayer is offering love. Being faithful is continuing to offer love by praying when frustrated and waiting. When the troubles of the world and your life overwhelm, when you are tempted to lose heart, when prayer feels frustrating and dry, when you don’t see results, remember God is merciful and trustworthy.”

Br. Luke Ditewig encourages us to keep offering love in prayer, trusting that God will meet us.

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What is it Like Being You? – Br. Jim Woodrum

Nov 14, 2020

“It is in our fallen nature that we have created boundaries and barriers separating us in the hopes of being deemed better; as superior to our neighbor; as somehow worthy of our creation.  Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, income inequality, educational disparity, and all their ilk: these are elements of a poverty that is man-made, born out of shame and then forced on others, seeking to strip them of their dignity and rob them of the provision that God has intended for us all.”

Br. Jim Woodrum considers the root of our flawed human judgments, and invites us to share with each other the diversity of God’s infinite goodness.

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Lamps Bright with a Wise Anticipation – Br. Sean Glenn

Nov 8, 2020

“The wise bridesmaids trust that the bridegroom will arrive. They know that the light entrusted to them will be required when he comes to meet them. And still they allow for the fact that the desired event may not happen as expected or at their convenience.”

Br. Sean Glenn considers how we are called to live with hopeful expectation, as the wise bridesmaids did.

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Where are we now? – Br. David Vryhof

Nov 7, 2020

“So where are we now? We have come, at last, to the end of one of the most bitterly contested national elections this country has ever seen.  For many of us, finally naming a winner doesn’t bring the resolution we hoped it would; it feels like we’re all on the losing side in this contest.  What message of hope can the Church possibly offer?”

Br. David Vryhof, in the wake of the U.S. Presidential election, considers Jesus’ calling – and promise – of reconciliation.

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