Hands to the Plow – Br. Mark Brown

1 Cor. 10:31—11:1/Psalm 34:1-8/Luke 9:51-62

Today we salute St. Ignatius of Loyola, who in 1534 founded the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits.  The Jesuits are, of course, a religious order of tremendously wide scope and influence in the Church and the world. And Ignatian spirituality has been a great source of inspiration for us in the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, which is why Ignatius appears in one of our stained glass windows.  So, we pause to recognize his tremendous contribution to our life and give thanks to God for his life and witness. Continue reading

St. James & St. John, Apostles – Br. David Allen

Acts 12:1-2 / Mt. 20:20-28

The last sentence of the Chapter on Life Profession in The Rule of the Society of St. John the Evangelist reminds us that “The witness of the martyrs should never be far from our minds as we go forward in the vowed life day by day.” (R.L. SSJE, Ch. 39, p.79)

This Feast of St. James and St. John is one of the many feasts throughout the Church year that helps us to remember both the fact of martyrdom and the meaning of martyrdom. Continue reading

The News from Here – Br. Mark Brown

Galatians 6:7-16    Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

“…a new creation is everything.”  Words of Paul this morning.  A new creation is everything.  “If anyone is in Christ, he [or she] is a new creation.”  “Behold, I make all things new!” “I am making a new heaven and a new earth.” “Sing to the Lord a new song!”  There is a lot about “new” in the Good News. Continue reading