From the Archive: Slow Growth – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Originally preached on January 29, 2010, this brief homily offers a needed reminder of how different is God’s time from our time, and the rich possibilities for which it allows.
Mark 4:26-29

This parable of the seed growing secretly (Mark 4:26-29) is found only in Mark’s Gospel – and its teaching is urgently needed in our speed-crazed world.

God created time, and hallowed time – and I think God likes us to spend time, and not try to beat it!

“I waited patiently upon the Lord: he stooped to me and heard my cry,” the Psalmist says.

“O tarry, and await the Lord’s pleasure.  Be strong, and he shall comfort your heart.  Wait patiently for the Lord.” Continue reading

From the Archive: Streams of Gratitude – Br. Mark Brown

In this Thanksgiving sermon, preached in 2009, Br. Mark Brown turns traditional thoughts about gratitude around, suggesting it has a surprising and unorthodox source (one worth giving thanks for in itself).

“It is right, and a good and joyful thing always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.” Familiar words from the Eucharistic Prayer, the Great Thanksgiving.  It is, indeed, always good to give thanks; it is good to give thanks always.  And we who are blessed in so many ways have much to be thankful for.

I heard Elie Wiesel speak once in a synagogue near Chicago.  I remember him saying that gratitude is the most human sentiment.  He didn’t elaborate, but his words stuck with me.  Gratitude is the most human sentiment.  I think what he meant was that when we are in a state of gratitude, we are most fully alive in our humanity.  That such fullness of life and humanity is possible for us is yet more cause for thanksgiving.  We might pause to give thanks for the gift of gratitude itself, that we are capable of a sentiment so right and good and true.  Give thanks that we have the capacity to be thankful! Continue reading

From the Archive: I Was Hungry… – Br. David Vryhof

In this sermon, originally preached on July 5, 2009, Br. David Vryhof challenges our traditional views of what the judgment of God entails, finding in this concept far more proof of salvation than damnation.

Matthew 25:31-46

You may have noticed that my brothers have allowed me to choose a different gospel lesson from the one designated for this day.  I chose this passage from Matthew because I want to talk about judgment.  Now before you say, “Oh-oh, what are we in for now,” I want to assure you that I rarely deliver ‘fire and brimstone’ sermons and that, in spite of my background as a Calvinist, I am not likely to preach a sermon entitled “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”i Judgment is not a favorite theme of mine.

I suppose that if I were to write my own gospel, “The Gospel According to David,” I might be tempted to delete from my scriptures words like these about God’s forthcoming judgment.  I might be tempted to take a passage like the one we’ve read and simply cut out all the language of judgment.  Continue reading

Cowley Magazine – Winter 2007

Selected articles:
Joining the Dance: The Grace of Living in Community – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
Marked as Christ’s Own Forever: A Coptic Practice – Br. Kevin Hackett
What In The World Are We Doing? – Br. David Vryhof
In Our Hands – Br. Mark Brown
25th Anniversary of the Boston Chinese Ministry – Br. David Allen

Cowley Magazine – Fall 2007

Selected articles:
Formation, Formation, Formation – Br. Mark Brown
Vocation: A Three-part Process of Discernment – Br. Kevin Hackett
Choosing to Become Who We Are: The Life Profession of Robert L’Esperance, SSJE
The Grace of Tradition: Handing On What We Have Received – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Cowley Magazine – Advent 2004

Selected articles:
Christ is My Life and My Joy: Professional Life Vows – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
Perfect Freedom – Br. David Vryhof
A Kingdom Divided: A Meditation for Advent based on Luke 11:14-23 – Br. Robert L’Esperance
Just Cause for Celebration: Curtis Almquist, SSJE is honored with a doctorate
Who’s Who in the Community

Cowley Magazine – Winter 2009

Selected articles:
Listening for the Voice of God: Discerning how God speaks to us – Br. David Vryhof
A House of Prayer for All People: A reflection on worship as true communion – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
Quietly Heroic: A Half-Century of Faithful Response – An Interview with Br. David Allen
The Eyes of All Wait Upon You: Praying the psalms in simple ways – Br. David Allen
Thank You, Jesus: A meditation on gratitude – Br. John Goldring

Cowley Magazine – Winter 2010

Selected articles:
A Homily from the Holy Eucharist of Resurrection in thanksgiving for the life & witness of Paul Wessinger SSJE (1915-2009) – Br. Curtis Almquist
Engaging in Ministry with Young Adults: The Ongoing Legacy of Br. Paul Wessinger, SSJE – Br. Mark Brown
A Sending God: SSJE and Mission in the 21st Century – Br. Kevin Hackett

Cowley Magazine – Summer 2009

Selected articles:
Hope, Peace & Understanding: The Importance of Interfaith Dialogue – Br. Mark Brown
The Early Missionary Work of the Society in Africa – Br. Eldridge Pendleton
Following the Call: A Contemporary Story of Ministry in Africa – Br. David Vryhof
Companions on the Way: The Ministry of Spiritual Direction – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
A Place of Pilgrimage/A Place of Hope: My Holy Week ministry at Canterbury Cathedral – Br. James Koester

Cowley Magazine- Summer 2008

Selected articles:
The New Novitiate: Changes in Our Program of Formation – Br. David Vryhof
2008 Report of the Bishop Visitor
The Buzz at Emery House: Reclaiming the monastic practice of beekeeping – Br. James Koester
Recovering the Calm: The Rebalancing of our Monastic Life – Br. David Vryhof
Standing in Solidarity: An Interview with Br. Tom Shaw about his Mission to Zimbabwe – Br. Tom Shaw
God Never Gives Up On Us: A weekday homily on hope in the face of hopelessness – Br. John Goldring