Grace in the Midst of Trial

We've never lived through a time of trial quite like this one, as we cope with the global spread of coronavirus. Yet our faith promises that God not only companions us through trial, but even can redeem it, through the incredible power of grace.

During this challenging time, we Brothers wanted to share from our own tradition resources and practices for living well which have been sources of grace to us – and countless generations before us. We hope that these resources will sustain you, inspire you, and help you discover grace in the midst of trial.

Grace in the midst of trial

This is a season of disfiguration. Yet it is also a time of hope.

My dear friends, Recently, I have been recalling that it is almost a year since we closed the Guesthouse and Chapel. You will remember those days. We began hearing about this new virus and the reports of mounting deaths. Soon we were horrified to discover that it had reached this country. Today, nearly half a…

Truly I Will Come

My dear friends: One of the joys of my life as a Brother is our annual cycle of antiphons, which we sing before and after the Magnificat each evening. After thirty years, they return each year, each season, each feast, like a visit from an old friend. I look forward to their arrival; to singing…

Children of the Light

My dear friends: There is a phrase we hear frequently during these days of Advent, especially when we read the prophet Isaiah. On that day[1] Isaiah declares, on that day…the deaf shall hear…the eyes of the blind shall see…the meek shall obtain joy…the neediest people shall exult.[2] It is this Advent vision of justice, wholeness, and truth that Isaiah…

What in your life could use a fresh start?

Dear friends, We all need chances to start over from time to time.  The beginning of a new liturgical year is one of these times for me, but really any day will do.  Every day has the potential of becoming the starting point for a new habit or practice, or for renewing a relationship that already exists…

Lamps of a heavenly wisdom

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.”[1] Dear Friends, This past…

And he answered me

Dear friends, It has been such a comfort, in these unsettled and tense days, for us Brothers to maintain our practice of praying the Daily Office. The Psalms poetically reflect the fullness of the human experience: from praise, exultation, and celebration (126:1-2) to anger, disdain, and vengeance (59:12-14) to utter desperation, resignation, and helplessness (22:1-2), and…

Simple Acts

My dear Friends, It all began quite simply: with a letter mailed in Boston on 7 October, which arrived in Oxford sometime after. The letter caused quite a stir, because in a matter of days the recipient was on his way halfway around the world. The effect of that one letter is still felt here…

For all that has been – Thanks

Dear Friends, In these trying times, physically separated from one another, unable to participate in common worship, it is very tempting to lose heart and hope. Yet for the sake of our unity in Christ, we must resist this temptation. I am lately reminded of an incredible prayer by Dag Hammarskjöld, a Swedish diplomat and…

The Hope of Unknowing

Dear friends, Being a person today naturally means having hopes for tomorrow. We might hope for healing and comfort for ourselves or others. We might hope for an end to injustice, violence, and suffering. We might hope that tomorrow is a little better than today. Especially when today is a time of crisis and anxiety,…

Mother of Sorrows

My dear friends, As you can imagine, I have been reading the cards, letters, and notes that have been coming since the death of our Brother, David Allen. I have been immensely touched by your thoughtful words, and your care for us in the midst of this particular loss. Reflecting on this loss, and what…