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Brother John's Reflections

What Love Has To Do With It

What Love Has To Do With It

“The fig tree puts forth its figs, / and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance. / Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, / and come! O my dove in the clefts of the rock, / in the secret recesses of the cliff, / Let me see you, / let […]

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Brother John's Reflections

Desiring Not What Is Vain

Desiring Not What Is Vain

Who can ascend the mountain of the Lord? / or who may stand in God’s holy place? / The one whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, / who desires not what is vain. Psalm 24:3-4 As Advent draws toward its conclusion, the figure of Mary becomes more and […]

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Brother John's Reflections

Conscience and Call

Conscience and Call

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus. Matthew 1:21-22 So familiar are the infancy narratives of Jesus to us that […]

by × December 18, 2017 ×

Brother John's Reflections

The Demands of Wisdom

The Demands of Wisdom

Thus says the Lord, your redeemer, / the Holy One of Israel: / I, the Lord, your God, / teach you what is for your good, / and lead you on the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17 “But wisdom is vindicated by her works.” Matthew 11:19 Today Isaiah tells […]

by × December 15, 2017 ×

Brother John's Reflections

Awakening Our Souls

Awakening Our Souls

In the wilderness I will put cedar trees, / acacias, myrtles, olives. / In the desert I will plant juniper, / plane tree and cypress side by side; / so that all may see and know, / may all observe and understand, / that the hand of Yahweh has done […]

by × December 14, 2017 ×