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.

Br. David on “The Discerning Leader”

Jan 11, 2024

A podcast to bookmark for your listening is that run by longtime SSJE friend, Steve Macchia, who hosts “The Discerning Leader” podcast on the Leadership Transformations website.

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Interruptions and Acceptance – Br. Jack Crowley

Jan 9, 2024

“Like Jesus, we know our lives are going to be filled with interruptions. We know from the second we wake up in the morning to the moment we fall asleep, things will never be going exactly according to plan.”

Br. Jack Crowley studies Jesus, the master teacher, for a model of how we are to handle the interruptions that populate our lives.

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Finding Our Way Again and Again – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jan 7, 2024

“Jesus’ being “the way” may give you enormous help and hope as you try to keep finding your own way in life. Life is not going to be what you thought. Your life script will keep changing. And you will probably go through seasons of life where you are overwhelmed and feel lost: having lost your bearings, lost your direction, lost your meaning, maybe lost your hope.”

Br. Curtis Almquist offers the comfort of knowing that Jesus is with us all the way, really.

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Expansive Love – Br. Luke Ditewig

Jan 6, 2024

“Jesus came and is for all of us, in the diversity and messiness of our stories. No one is beyond reach of God’s saving power. Pay attention for surprising grace in unlikely people and places.”

Br. Luke Ditewig marvels at all the mediums our Divine Maker uses to reveal expansive love.

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The Powerful Name of Jesus – Br. David Vryhof

Jan 2, 2024

“Call upon him in times of trouble and in times of rejoicing.  Speak his Name with focus and attention, with love and devotion, with desire and longing, and with an open heart.  You will find yourself being drawn increasingly into his heart of love.  In the power of this Name, you will be able to overcome any trouble.”

On Holy Name day, Br. David Vryhof encourages us to speak the name of Jesus in desire and trust.

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Chaos Better?

Dec 31, 2023

As the year closes, we would love to know your reactions to this issue of Cowley: Chaos Better.

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Conflict = Jesus in our Midst?

Dec 26, 2023

Are you encountering tension in the midst of gatherings with family and friends this holiday season? In this utterly relatable reflection, Br. Jack Crowley asks: hat if Jesus is right there in the midst of those heated conversations?

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An Irresistible and Radiant Humanity – Br. Keith Nelson

Dec 25, 2023

“Christmas, for Christians in the West, is the foremost opportunity to re-embrace the impulse to look and to touch; to show things of great meaning first, then to tell as commentary on the showing. So for the next hour, and the next eleven days of Christmas after that: Look! Touch! Taste! Smell! Clap and point and jump up and down at every shiny, lovely thing. We need to engage these impulses in acts of worship. It is easy in this world to forget the path to this holy ecstasy, this self-spending in the pursuit of meaning rather than luxury and waste.”

On Christmas, Br. Keith Nelson urges us to embrace the sacramental gift of all our senses as a way to let Christ be born anew in us.

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Of Kitchens and Christmas – Br. James Koester

Dec 24, 2023

“Christmas is about many things for many people. It is about Santa and gifts, about families and feasts. It is about cards and cakes, about songs and shopping. But the truth underlying all of this is that at Christmas we remember that God chose to intervene in the lives of one couple, and in so doing intervened in the lives of all people, in the form of a tiny baby, born in an obscure village, in the middle of an occupied nation. This is our memory of God, and it lives on in the hearts and minds of people today because if God could act in that way once, then God can certainly act once again, in our lives today. ”

Br. James Koester reminds us that Christmas is not about the birth of a baby, but about all the myriad ways that God makes a home in our hearts, our lives, and our world.

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A Severe Mercy – Br. Curtis Almquist

Dec 23, 2023

“Remember your former life, where what is ultimately good has been redeemed from what for you seemed so terribly difficult in the moment. This will get you in touch with hope amidst your present suffering. In the fullness of time, you may know this suffering to be a severe mercy.”

Br. Curtis Almquist opens the similes of scripture for insight into how our suffering will be redeemed, in the fullness of God’s time.

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