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.

Reap Love – Br. Luke Ditewig

Jul 8, 2020

“How are you relating to neighbors and strangers? How might you be hording, seeking only your own security? How are you reaching out to share, connect, promote dignity, and seek justice? What is figuratively or literally growing in your garden?”

Reflecting on a garden venture at Emery House, Br. Luke Ditewig encourages us to sow righteousness and reap love.

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Pray for your deliverance – Br. Todd Blackham

Jul 7, 2020

“In this protracted period of pandemic, in the boiling pot of racial tension, in culture wars and divided families…I want to say, Here I am, Lord send me! But I’m beset, my voice just won’t respond. I’m left like a fish out of water gasping for oxygen. Powerless, helpless.”

Facing into our current powerlessness, Br. Todd Blackham invite us to enter the province of prayer, rather than action, by praying for God’s deliverance.

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The Vindication of Wisdom – Br. Keith Nelson

Jul 5, 2020

“How can I learn to be still? How can I make peace with a solitude I did not choose? How can I help my neighbor? How can I overcome the racism etched on my bones by my ancestors? How should we live? What does God desire? How is God involved? How can I love a God who is so mysterious?”

What is the Church called to become? Br. Keith Nelson encourages all of us beset with questions to embrace the inner work of Wisdom at this time of great uncertainty and challenge – maybe even renewal.

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Citizens of a Heavenly Kingdom – Br. David Vryhof

Jul 4, 2020

“We remember that although it is our home on earth, it can never be our true dwelling place.  We will always be strangers on this earth, longing for our heavenly home, where we will abide forever in the presence of God, and where our true citizenship is to be found.”

On America’s Independence Day, Br. David Vryhof encourages us to balance American pride with Christian citizenship and the calls it places upon us.

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Hopeful Sleep – Br. Luke Ditewig

Jul 4, 2020

“In the suffering today, pray your hurt. Groan and listen to the groans of those around you. Look up to your stars, or hold onto your bread as hope that the God who has met you in the past is coming and will come in the future. The promise is real. There is a new Jerusalem where we will all sing together with joy. There will be healing for all the nations.”

In these challenging times, Br. Luke Ditewig invites us to acknowledge our suffering and hold onto tangible proofs of God’s promise and provision.

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Pulling Strings – Br. James Koester

Jul 3, 2020

“The call of Matthew was not simply an invitation to one individual to become a follower of Jesus. It was a sign given by Jesus to the world, of what the reign of God actually looks like. It is a kingdom of sinners, outcasts, and misfits.”

Br. James Koester invites us to look for the signs of the reign of God by finding the misfits who make up our community.

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Met Eyelash to Eyelash – Br. Sean Glenn

Jul 2, 2020

“It is harder to live forgiveness that to simply pronounce an empty pardon. In fact, it takes nothing less than the power that made the whole Creation; that fashions you and me.”

Br. Sean Glenn marvels at the glorious pledge of God’s forgiveness.

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True Freedom – Br. Nicholas Bartoli

Jun 28, 2020

“We accept the gift of perfect freedom when we surrender everything to God, exchanging willfulness for willingness in union with Christ. From this place of surrender and servanthood, we see that what appears to be choices in human terms, choices made by God, ourselves, and others, are ultimately just the unfolding of God in the world.”

Br. Nicholas Bartoli shares his own personal experience of realizing that true freedom is to be found only in surrender, the perfect freedom of being God’s humble servant.

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United With Christ – Now! – Br. Jonathan Maury

Jun 27, 2020

“As followers of Jesus, and as his sisters and brothers born of God we must not, in these challenging times, let our love grow cold or allow our commitment to prayer and service slacken. May we be brought to urgently desire the fulness of Jesus’ peace and the glory of his resurrection already at work within us!”

For all those of us missing participation in the Sacraments, Br. Jonathan Maury encourages reflection on our participation in Christ through the sacrament of Holy Baptism.

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Humble Recognition – Br. Jim Woodrum

Jun 27, 2020

“We are all capable of acts of kindness, humility, justice.  Perhaps we can too can heal with just a word: a word of encouragement, a word of regret and reconciliation, a word of understanding, or even an act of silent compassion, abiding with someone in their pain.”

Br. Jim Woodrum encourages us to channel the mercy and humility of Jesus as we approach those who are different from us.

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