Nativity of St. John the Baptist – Br. Curtis Almquist

Luke 1: 57-80

Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Savior by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his teaching and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and, following his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Continue reading

The Nativity of John the Baptist – Br. David Allen

Is. 40:1-11 / Ps. 85:7-13 / Acts 13:14b-26 / Lk. 1:57-80

Just over 13 months ago, while Br. Timothy and I were chaplains to a group of pilgrims at St. George’s College, Jerusalem, we were taken to visit the village of Ein Kerem, just to the west of the city of Jerusalem.  According to tradition this is the village where John the Baptist was born. Continue reading

Feast of the Sacred Heart – Br. Curtis Almquist

Until twenty years or so ago, the only thing I had ever heard about the Sacred Heart was from my childhood friend and next-door neighbor, Ronnie Impens, who went to a parochial school, Sacred Heart School.  Ronnie always bragged that the Sacred Heart had the best basketball team.  Otherwise, this feast day which we commemorate today, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, had absolutely no meaning to me. Continue reading

Saint Barnabas the Apostle – Br. Curtis Almquist

Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3
Matthew 10:7-16

In the calendar of the church we remember today Saint Barnabas, an early member of “the company who believed in Jesus.” Drawing on the Gospels and Saint Paul’s writings, we can be quite certain of at least several things.  For one, he was not one of the original twelve disciples.  He was an apostle – that is, someone who was “sent forth” – not unlike his friend, the apostle Paul. Continue reading

The Profession in Life Vows of Robert Emil L’Esperance, SSJE – Br. Curtis Almquist

John 16:12-15

John Cassian was a monk living in the late fourth, early fifth centuries.i He was born in France to wealthy parents, received a good education, and while still a youth visited holy places in Palestine, where he decided to become a monk.  Becoming a monk was no more the norm in his day than it is in ours. Continue reading

Trinity Sunday – Br. David Allen

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 / Rom. 5:1-5 / Jn. 16:12-15

This afternoon when our Brother Robert L’Esperance makes his Profession in Life Vows in the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, we shall sing the 9th century Latin hymn, Veni Creator Spiritus, in the 17th century translation by Bp. John Cosin, as a prayer for inspiration and enlightenment. Its memorable final verses make it appropriate for this Sunday.  “Teach us to know the Father, Son, and thee, of both, to be but One, that through the ages all along, this may be our endless song: praise to thy eternal merit, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Continue reading