Craving for God – Br. Jack Crowley

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Br. Jack Crowley

John 6:30-35

My Brothers know that I love to eat. I eat often and I eat a lot. Every monastery has to have that one Brother who’s always hungry, and I’m that guy. So having said that, I must confess that every time I hear Jesus call himself the bread of life, I get a little hungry.

One of the many things I love about Jesus is he knows what motivates us. He knows our hearts, our minds, and our stomachs. He knows what makes us tick. He knows this for each and every one of us, in our own peculiar way.

Jesus knows that above all else, we crave God. We crave God in the same way we crave food. Deep down, we crave God not one time, but all the time.

This craving for God is good. It’s a good desire. What we do with our desire for God is what matters. How we go about fulfilling our craving for God is what shapes our spiritual lives.

Jesus continually invites us to keep coming back to him with our desire for God. He promises that anyone who comes to him will never be hungry again. We have the freedom to feed on Christ daily. We have the freedom to feed on Christ not just daily, but every moment of our lives.

Think about that for a moment. We have access to God every single moment of our lives. No matter how we are feeling, what we are thinking, or what we are doing, God’s sustenance is available to us. Read More

The Radical Practice of Giving Thanks in All Circumstances – Br. David Vryhof

Br. David Vryhof

Read by Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

I Thessalonians 5:18
Luke 17:11-19

I have a memory of my 5th-grade teacher asking us to write a short paragraph describing the things in our lives for which we were thankful.  I don’t recall any of the specifics of that assignment, but I do recall having a terrible case of “writer’s block.”  I sat for the longest time just staring at that piece of paper.  I couldn’t think of a thing for which I was thankful.

Recalling it now, it seems shocking to me that a 5th-grade boy growing up in suburban America, with plenty of food and warm clothes and a comfortable home and a loving family, couldn’t think of anything for which he was thankful.  I was surrounded by gifts, but I didn’t recognize them as gifts, and so I couldn’t begin to express my gratitude for them.  I suppose I naively assumed that everyone had food and clothing, a loving family and a comfortable home.  I was unaware of how privileged I was to enjoy these things on a daily basis, and simply took them for granted. Read More

Inalienable Worthiness – Br. Keith Nelson

Br. Keith Nelson

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10

“We are useless slaves; we have done no more than our duty.”
“Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds awake when he comes.”
“Well done, good and trustworthy slave. Enter into the joy of your master.”
“Anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave.”

Slavery is impossible to avoid in the pages of the New Testament, as we see from a small sampling of well-known passages. Read More