Brother, Give Us A Word

Contrition

The most powerful words that we can use in all of human language are: I’m sorry; or I forgive you. When Jesus was nailed to the hard wood of the cross, in the throes of pain and suffering, He prayed to God: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Contrition can put us in right and holy relationship with God and others, and is a fresh beginning, a clean slate, and a new opportunity to use words to heal.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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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.