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Brother, Give Us A Word

Poverty

Poverty comes in lots of different forms. There is real material poverty. This country is in some sense a very poor country, and our poverty is driving us further and further from that vision of freedom that Jesus promised us. Some of our poverty is in the form of a disease that is in a very real sense killing us and the rest of the world: consumerism.

-Br. Robert L’Esperance
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Ways you might pray with today's word

Say the word to the rhythm of your breath and invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you through that word.

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.