Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Living

An archive of sermons, videos, workshops, and teachings that seek to distill the collective wisdom of the past and offer practical counsel for living in today’s world.


6amPracticing Gratitude: a monastic guide

Gratitude, like any other spiritual practice, is something we do, not just something we feel. And it’s something we need to practice. This resource offers videos, reflections, and practical tips for living gratefully, day to day, and throughout our lives.

Sermon Series

FindingGod-FBFinding God in Harvard Square

How can I find God when I can’t keep track of my keys? How will I make time for a spiritual life when my schedule is overflowing? An invitation to students and young adults to transform the possible obstacles in our busy lives into paths to God.

Soul of Creativity · Soul of Knowledge · Soul of Intimacy · Soul of Silence · Soul of the Body

2013-Lent-PreachingLiving Prayer

A five part preaching series exploring traditional ways of praying. Each preacher offered a practical teaching on one of the ways of prayer, and then led a meditative exercise.

Praying with the Imagination · Praying with Icons and Images · Praying in the Present Moment  · Praying with Signs and Symbols · Praying with Sacred Texts

A Framework for Freedom

A preaching series on the challenges and rewards of living by a rule of life. Drawing on chapters from SSJE’s Rule.
To view the accompanying video series, please click here.

Mutual Support and Encouragement · Our Founders and the Grace of Tradition · Our Dedication to the Disciple whom Jesus Loved · The Maturing of Our Minds in Christ · The Cell and Solitude

Practicing Patience

An Advent preaching series that encourages us to wait, watch, listen, and look for the coming of the Lord.

Wait · Watch · Listen · Look

Conversations on the Way

Looking to the fundamentals of the Christian faith.

The Man · The Message · The Movement

Toward Larger Life: Sermons on Resurrection

In Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, we are given the invitation to move toward life that is larger, more expansive, broader, higher, than anything we have ever imagined.

Complete, With Questions · Believe In It? I’ve Seen It! · Cavemen and Potatoes · Bowed But Not Bound · The Secret of Self-Surrender · Look to the Glory

A Living Tradition

The Brothers, discuss their experience and practice of living their Rule of Life.

View the discussion here

Longing for Christ

Reflecting on the promises and gifts that God makes to us in his Son, Jesus.

Peace · Judgment · Salvation · Light

Tent of Meeting

Exploring what it means to worship God at all times and in all places.

Wilderness · Shrine · Temple · Tent

Breaking the Word

This series breaks open central words of the faith to nourish the soul.

Conversion · Forgiveness · Grace · Redemption · Passion

Teach Us to Pray

Teaching on the seven classic forms of prayer.

Praise · Thanksgiving · Intercession · Adoration · Oblation · Penitence · Petition

World Turned Upside-Down

This Eastertide series draws from stories in Acts to reflect on finding Jesus in our volatile world.

Breathe · Life · Resurrection · Gaze · Believe

Rule of Life

Shares spiritual practices drawn from the Brothers’ Rule of Life.

Community · Prayer & Life · Silence

Theological Reflections


An exploration of how this prayer brings us, and those for whom we pray, close to God.

Intercession: Read · Purchase (Available Winter 2012)


Explores the richness of the fundamental act of Christian worship.

Eucharist: Read · Download PDF · Purchase


A meditation on how the sacrament invites us to share in the divine life.

Baptism: Read · Purchase (Available Winter 2012)


A guide to how we can participate in our transformation through Christ.

Conversion: Read · Purchase (Available Winter 2012)

LivingIntentionallyLiving Intentionally: A Workbook for Creating a Personal Rule of Life

A workbook to help readers create a rule of life.

Living Intentionally: Read · Purchase


Reveals resurrection not as a distant event, but as a reality available to us now.

Resurrection: Read · Purchase


A meditation on how God is present to us in the flesh and in the present moment.

Incarnation: Read · Purchase


A reflection on the transformative power of practicing the presence of God.

Transfiguration: Read · Purchase

Discernment in Prayer

Explores the role of prayer in making life choices and discovering our calling.

Vocation · Discovering Vocation · Trusting Vocation · Hearing God’s Voice


5 thoughts on “Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Living

  1. Hello Good Brothers, Ever thanks & ever thanks for staying with the Life of Big Love together.I am profoundly grateful for the thousand times someone in this working community of following Jesus the Christ read my eyes and I theres. Then all those other gifts of costly grace, so rich & deeply beautiful…on-ward and up-ward.
    As ever,Brian

  2. Christ is Born, Glorify Him!…..Blessing,….I am called Andoni or Antonios. My baptismal name is after Agios Antonio’s the Great . I am of the Eastern Orthodox Faith, have my daily prayer rule and keep my kendille or vigil oil lamp lit twenty four, seven. Have spent many years on pilgrimages to The Holy Mountain or Mount Athos. I now find myself on your Web page and am totally confused with your blessed traditions. God be with you….Andoni

    • Christ is Born, Glorify Him! Blessing, I am of the Eastern Orthodox. I was Baptized with the name Antonios after St. Anthony the Great. I am retired and live a still life. Andoni keeps a kendille or oil vigil light lit 24/7. Spending many winters on the Holy Mountain or Mount Athos has given this pilgrim an understanding of the prayer of the heart. I presently live a life dedicated to God and stillness is a gift I appreciate. I have found your Website by the will of my Lord. I am astounded by the Ikons and vestments you have. I will find time to explore your Web page, God bless all the brothers, your servant in Christ, Andoni

  3. Your church seems like such an inclusive and accepting place that can be patient with those who haven’t been exposed to the full of religion, and your website is in no way enforcing going here. The church and the website are great but it seems there is no page (or no clear page) on the history of this house of god, some of my friends and I would appreciate it extremely if we could get to know your church a little more through your background. Thank you for your time and effort. All the best,
    -Jeremy West

  4. John, the Evangelist: December 28, 2015

    John, who brought the “I am” sound to our ears
    Because he heard the beat of Jesus heart,
    Drank wine at Cana and watched from the start
    God become our bread of life to drive fears
    Far from man’s flesh. Then tells how Jesus clears
    The way for Nicodemus to follow
    Him and learn the life he led was hollow.

    John watched the dead rise when Jesus called out
    Lazarus from his grave clothes with a shout.
    At the cross he stood by Jesus’ mother
    And served the crucified as a brother,
    Who from Patmos told us the whole story
    Of the King of Kings riding to glory.

    Kemmer Anderson

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