Brother, Give Us A Word

Revelation

Coming to Scripture prayerfully, and approaching it with the eyes and heart of faith, breaks open Scripture in a rather wonderful way, and God can speak words of truth which can be life changing. Our Rule describes this experience in these words: “It is the Spirit dwelling within us who brings the revelation of Scripture into a vital encounter with our inmost selves, and brings to birth new meanings and life.”

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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Brother, Give Us A Word: Book

BGUAW Book Cover

Br. Jim Woodrum has created a book that collects words from across the church year, from all the members of our community. Alongside the daily words, it also uses a second medium to invite you into prayer: photography. For each word, a photograph has been selected to illuminate the quote.

Photo Book now available

Ways you might pray with today's word

Try to just inhabit the moment you are in. And then the next. And the next. When you catch yourself straying, use your senses to bring your awareness back to the moment you are in. This is the start of getting in touch with ourselves and God’s presence with us throughout the day.

About Brother, Give Us A Word

Monasticism began when a few faithful men and women went into the desert to seek God and live a life of prayer. These Desert Fathers and Mothers, as they became known, were spiritual beacons whom other sought out for their wisdom in the ways of God. The seeker would approach and ask, "Father (Mother), give me a word."
The Brothers have adapted this ancient tradition for today, offering online a daily "word" to all who seek a deeper knowledge of God, a means of handing on what we ourselves have received.

You might use each day's word as a focus for your prayer. Say the word to the rhythm of your breath and invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you through that word. You might also use the day's saying as a focus for meditative reading or lectio divina, reading slowly and allowing your mind to drift as the words inspire you to further prayer and reflection.

We hope you'll join us every day for a word, which we pray will help you to deepen your life with God.