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.

Faith Seeking Understanding – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Apr 24, 2022

“It was seeing Jesus’ body, in all its brokenness and woundedness which brought Thomas to belief. But this beautiful story is not a story of proof but a story of love. For me, the story of Thomas is not primarily a story of a sceptic who comes to believe because his list of doubts is answered; not an intellectual assent to something proven. The story of Thomas is rather the story of a man who comes to believe not because he has enough proof, but because he has actually touched the mystery of divine, self-sacrificial love.”

In this sermon on Thomas, Br. Geoffrey urges us to listen to our gut and heart, not our head, as we encounter the Lord.

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The Resurrection Gives Hope – Br. James Koester

Apr 20, 2022

“We come to Easter this year exhausted, not by our keeping of Lent, but by our keeping on, keeping on. We are exhausted by two years of uncertainty, sadness, and anxiety brought on by a global pandemic. We are exhausted, by two years of blatant inequality and injustice. We are exhausted by fear, that what is going on in Ukraine, will plunge the world into even more chaos, and uncertainty. We are exhausted, by the stink of these past two years, as the pandemic tide ebbs out revealing, what has long been hidden.”

Br. James Koester uncovers the promise of the resurrection to us and to all creation: If God can raise Jesus from the dead, then God can mend, heal, and cleanse a broken, stinking world, making all things new

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The Hope of the Resurrection – Br. Curtis Almquist

Apr 17, 2022

“We hear proclaimed in our Gospel account that Jesus is resurrected. But one thing has not changed. Even though Jesus is resurrected, Jesus’ heart is still broken.”

Even as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, Br. Curtis Almquist encourages us to acknowledge our own and the world’s woundedness, to allow us to tap into Jesus’ resurrection power in the here-and-now. Hallelujah!

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Gallery: Holy Week 2022

Apr 14, 2022

We hope this gallery of images for Holy Week will inspire your prayerful reflection.

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Trouble and Trust – Br. Luke Ditewig

Apr 13, 2022

“What is your lament today? What is your suffering? What pain of others weighs on you?”

Br. Luke Ditewig encourages us, this Holy Week, to cry out with trouble –and trust that God hears us.

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The Hour Has Come – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Apr 12, 2022

“Are your bags packed? If you were to face death now, would you be ready? Jesus was ready.”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us to make peace with our death this Holy Week, knowing that Jesus is waiting for us, right around the corner.

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Lovely Be – Br. Luke Ditewig

Apr 10, 2022

“Here we kneel at the tomb once more, watching, waiting, remembering love received: Jesus who invites, listens, welcomes, heals and forgives. Love shown to you, to me. Love nailed to the tree, and Love laid in the tomb. Now we linger with this mystery.”

In this lyric meditation, Br. Luke Ditewig invites us to linger with the profound mystery of Holy Week.

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The Poison Contains the Medicine – Br. Keith Nelson

Apr 5, 2022

“When we approach the spiritual life with the care and attention it deserves, we will arrive at thresholds we cannot cross without our inner lives seeming to get worse rather than better: more painful, more exposed, less manageable in all the old ways we know. God is love, but love is powerful. Love is a crucible that dismantles the self we have cherished.”

Br. Keith Nelson looks to scripture for examples of a profound truth of the spiritual life: we must go go into the darkness to find the freedom that waits on the other side.

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Choices – Br. David Vryhof

Mar 27, 2022

“This is the beauty of the gospel – that God loves us, without the least regard to what we deserve.  We are forgiven. It may be difficult for us to accept this unwarranted grace. We would prefer to win forgiveness through our own efforts, by our own goodness. But God’s choice does not depend on us or on anything we do or say.  It is pure gift.”

Br. David Vryhof reads closely the parable of the Prodigal Son and invites you to consider how the choices you have made have changed you.

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Jesus’ Indiscriminate Love – Br. Curtis Almquist

Mar 26, 2022

“We completely miss Jesus’ point if we ever find ourselves saying, perhaps silently, “God, I thank you that I am not like so-and-so.” If so, who is it for you? It’s probably not a tax collector or a Pharisee, but it’s someone or some type.”

Br. Curtis Almquist remembers Jesus’ love for those that society shunned and invites you to consider how you can hold the people on your “unlovely” list in Jesus’ indiscriminate love.

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