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 Peaceable Kingdom – Br. James Koester

Dec 3, 2019

“ In a moment when things are bleak, when hope is lost, when the future is unbearable, when all that is left is a dead, lifeless stump, Isaiah reminds God’s people that God will act, that a shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse. This, after all, is the way of God. Life does emerge from death. Hope does spring up, when all seems hopeless. God will act, and righteousness and justice will be restored.”

Br. James Koester unpacks Isaiah’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom, which is the hope of Advent.

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God’s Promise of Universal Peace – Br. David Vryhof

Dec 1, 2019

“We do not yet see the peace of God reigning among the nations of the world. We do not see that peace with justice that God has promised taking root in our own country, in our communities, or even in our churches. We may be tempted to complain and despair. But God calls us to live by God’s light, and not to dwell in the present darkness. God calls us to faith in this soaring promise of peace, and asks us to become peacemakers, wherever and however we can.”

Br. David Vryhof reckons with Isaiah’s vision of universal peace, which still beckons to us in our strife-torn world.

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The Ordo

Dec 1, 2019

Advent 2019 through Advent 2020 The Ordo of the Daily Office and Holy Eucharist. Advent 2019 through Advent 2020 ( Year 2 & Year A ) Compiled and edited by Jonathan Maury, SSJE Download free PDFOrder print copy

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Those Who Bring Good News – Br. Sean Glenn

Nov 30, 2019

“There is for each of us a moment of encounter that, whether all at once or over the course of many years, changes who we imagine ourselves to be and who we imagine God to be. And while there are surely many other kinds of encounter along the spiritual road, Andrew’s story reminds us that our encounters with God will generally come to us through secondary causes—that is, in the concrete, flesh-and-blood lives of Image-bearing humanity. How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”

Br. Sean Glenn invites us to remember with thanksgiving all those human feet who have brought us good news.

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Divine Restoration – Br. Jim Woodrum

Nov 24, 2019

“We see Jesus reigning not from a throne in glory with majesty, but rather from a tree that has been cut and hewn into a device of torture meant for criminals. This is the good shepherd sent by God, the righteous Branch executing justice and righteousness in the land. This is Jesus, who Paul claims is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”

On the feast of Christ the King, Br. Jim Woodrum marvels at the restoration our King brings, as we begin to see the divine image in ourselves.

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The Witness of the Martyrs – Br. James Koester

Nov 22, 2019

“Since the beginning of the Christian Church, women and men of faith have suffered death at the hands of others, not as a sign of surrender, or defeat, but as a witness to the resurrection of Jesus. Like the Maccabeans, by their death, the martyrs declare that they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.”

Why should we care about the Maccabeans? Br. James Koester unfolds the pattern they cast for people of faith.

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When God Destroys – Br. Lucas Hall

Nov 21, 2019

“I felt broken. I felt destroyed. I felt like a demolished city, burnt to the ground. And it was horrifying. And it was good. Because the abject admission of weakness and vulnerability I encountered in this experience was the great clearing of the brush, the great pouring out of old and perishing things. I was shattered, and I was made new.”

Br. Lucas Hall reflects on his own experience of conversion to cast light on the new life that can come with the destruction of false idols.

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A Catalogue of Promise – Br. James Koester

Nov 17, 2019

“As Christians it is important for us to be aware that the way in which we have catalogued our library of sacred texts is not an accident or by happenstance. It is on purpose. By doing it the way we have done, we are declaring, not only our expectation of the coming of the Saviour, but our proclamation that the Saviour has come, in the person of Jesus Christ.”

Br. James Koester reveals the distinct purpose in the way our sacred texts have been catalogued.

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The Pearl of Great Price – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Nov 16, 2019

“In your prayer, you may just also catch sight of an even deeper mystery. That the one you are seeking is also seeking you. That in his eyes, you are the pearl of great price, for whom he is prepared to give all.”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram marvels at the many-layered meanings and invitations of the pearl of great price.

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Advent Compline

Nov 15, 2019

Join us on the Thursdays in Advent for a special contemplative Compline.

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