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 One Thing Necessary – Br. Keith Nelson

Oct 4, 2022

“Allowing ourselves to be loved by God, as Jesus did, also requires some degree of just sitting there, as Mary of Bethany did in Jesus’ presence. But consenting to this transformation at the core of our being is anything but passive: it is our single greatest challenge. To the world, that process looks like nothing. But to Jesus, it is the one thing necessary.”

Br. Keith Nelson revisits the familiar story of Martha & Mary to discover the one thing Jesus asks of all of us: the single-hearted, undivided commitment of discipleship.

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Saint Francis of Assisi and God’s Share of Creation – Br. Curtis Almquist

Oct 2, 2022

“Saint Francis’ teaching is about our sharing an intimate relationship with all sentient beings and beyond, and not just other people. Every living being, every element of creation, is a “creature” of God, all of us given a share of God’s magnificent panoply of life.”

Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to take from Saint Francis the inspiration to be in a reverenced relationship with God’s gift of life both within us and around us.

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Life’s Many, Many Crosses – Br Sean Glenn

Sep 28, 2022

“I don’t know what comes next. I don’t have a theological card up my sleeve that can smooth over this part of the lived experience of the world, that can erase the mystery of the darkness and despair that very often shake the trees of faith to their roots. But I do know one thing: these experiences are named and given a voice in our sacred scriptures.”

Br. Sean Glenn tackles some of the darkest passages of Scripture and invites us to sit with their unbearable mystery, and we do our own pain and the pain of those alongside whom we journey.

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Seeing and Serving Christ – Br. Todd Blackham

Sep 27, 2022

“This night your very life is being demanded of you.  If you take it very seriously, does the prospect make you squirm?  In truth none of us knows what the next hours hold.  Tomorrow is not promised.  If your life was demanded of you tonight and you stood before the Almighty where would your confidence lie? It’s worth considering, ‘Am I seeing and serving Christ in the ways he told me I would?’”

Br. Todd Blackham urges us to let our fear and trembling gives us the strength and courage to meet Jesus face to face.

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Godliness and Contentment: An Alternative to Human Greed – Br. David Vryhof

Sep 25, 2022

“The Climate Emergency we are facing today is a human problem, the result of our plundering the earth for its treasures at the cost of life’s delicate balance.  Much of it is the result of human greed. Our greed is destroying the planet, polluting our air and our waterways and oceans, eliminating whole species of animals from the earth, and threatening our very existence.  If we continue in this way, we will, before long, render the planet uninhabitable.  The Climate Emergency has been caused by human beings, and only human beings have the power to reverse it.”

Br. David Vryhof cautions that money is not the problem; greed is; and that true richness comes when we learn to enjoy God’s world, and live with contentment.

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Herod the Perplexed – Br. Jack Crowley 

Sep 22, 2022

“The good news is that Jesus is already available. If you feel the desire to meet Jesus directly, that means he is already calling you. God is already at work inside of you.”

Br. Jack Crowley shares a simple practice for keeping close to Jesus.

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Live simply, that others may simply live – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Sep 18, 2022

“As Christians, we are as susceptible as anyone else to extreme consumerism: each of us can all too easily get caught up in a whirlwind of needless buying and spending. I am also sure that the most important way that we can begin to heal our planet is to allow God, daily, to heal our hearts; to mend our divided hearts.  Pope Francis, in his beautiful encyclical, Laudato Si’ writes, “The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs to buy, own and consume.” So, fill your heart every morning with God! ”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram shares three contemplative practices that can help us to experience contentment, free us from the desire for more, and help us to love and appreciate what we already have.

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A Mirror Of The Miracles Of God – Br. Sean Glenn

Sep 17, 2022

“The human creature, far from incidentally related to the earth, is in fact intrinsically related to the earth, down to the very core of its being. As our contemporary culture seems eager and willing to forget or deny this fundamental in-dwelling of creature and creation, the church remembers a different kind of anthropology as it commemorates the woman we remember today, Saint Hildegard von Bingen.”

Br. Sean Glenn points to Hildegard for a reminder of our creaturely dependence and interdependence with God and God’s creation.

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Commune with Jesus – Br. Todd Blackham

Sep 15, 2022

“However else we may encounter God, in ways that we are call to act and serve, they are all born here in the deep communion with Jesus himself.  Bring your body and your soul to a renewed touch of Jesus.  Let the presence of Jesus himself offered at this holy table draw us once again to the ground and source of our being.  The body and soul of Christ are here to mingle with our bodies and souls; to make us whole.”

Br. Todd reminds us that direct engagement with Jesus makes all the difference.

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Drawn on to Wholeness – Br. Todd Blackham

Sep 11, 2022

“Not only does God want to bring each and every one of us back into the fold.  God wants to bring each and every part of ourselves back into wholeness and completeness.  God is not satisfied to let one of us wander off.  Nor is God satisfied with only part of me, part of you.  God wants all of you! The patient forbearance of God gives us every passing moment to recollect ourselves and draw nearer to God.”

Br. Todd Blackham marvels at the patient, persistent, searching mercy of God, which will bring us – all of us – home, into the depths of God. 

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