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Brother, Give Us A Word

Hope

Easter is a feast of hope. Not because the resurrection is a nice idea for wishful thinkers, but because God’s promise of life and liberty to all who believe is real. We know that God will keep the Divine Promise and grant us life, liberty and healing, even as we live in the shadow of death.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Ways you might pray with today's word

You never know if you’ll have another chance to express your gratitude. In the morning, think through your day: the work you will do, the people you’ll come into contact with, the uncertainties you face, the possibilities there are for joy and acts of kindness, those for whom you have been asked to pray, the situations where you may need God’s help. 

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.