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About Jesse

I am a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Theology focusing on Church History. I am a Third Order Benedictine monk, in the Company of Jesus. I am married to a wonderful woman, we just had a baby Michaela Rose. You can follow me and be alerted of new blog post by following me on Twitter @jtalexanderiv. Or following this blog.

Book Review: 52 Ways to Grow Your Faith

I have a book review up at The Christian Manifesto.  If you want to check it out here is the link.  It was a pretty good book, but you can read all about my reactions there.   I will hopefully … Continue reading

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Bible Study Wednesday: The Acts of the Apostles

Today’s reading comes from Acts 19:1-10.  In this passage St. Paul travels to Ephesus where he finds some disciples, who had only been baptized with the Forerunner’s baptism.  Paul learns they never received or heard of the Holy Spirit.  So … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Receiving Guests

The Rule of St. Benedict’s reading for today concerns the reception of guests at the monastery.  The Bible and ancient culture have a great emphasis on hospitality.  Abraham hosts the three “angels,” Jesus invited himself over to Zacchaeus’s house, he … Continue reading

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Saints Friday: Feast of St. Dominic

Next Thursday is the feast of St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers.  I am linking to a post that I made for the Feast last year.  I hope you like it.  I don’t have much else to say … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: What is Spiritual Formation?

I have been thinking about what Spiritual Formation is for the last few weeks.  Next week I will be starting a book discussion on Spiritual Formation Thursdays.  But I wanted to also talk about what Spiritual Formation is, because I … Continue reading

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Bible Study Wednesday: The Gospel According to St Mark, Chapter 6

Today’s reading comes from Mark 6:47-56; it is about Jesus walking on the water.  But it is from Mark’s Gospel (which Tradition states St. Mark wrote down what St. Peter said/preached), so with St. Peter trying to be humble-we suppose-Mark … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: Development of Theology

After Constantine legalized Christianity and there was a large influx of people into the Christian religion; there was the need for official theology and a development of the theology already in place.  Emperor Constantine tried to facilitate this development of … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Monastic Vows/Practices Part 6: Prayer

I have previously talked about the Liturgy of the Hours (you can find that post here), but in this post I want to talk about prayer more generally.  All monks and nuns pray.  It is the most important thing that … Continue reading

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Saints Friday: St. Mark the Evangelist

Next Thursday (April 25th) we celebrate the feast of St. Mark the Evangelist, author of the Gospel According to Mark.  Mark’s Gospel is thought to be the first of the Gospels written, which Sts. Matthew and Luke used as the … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Monastic Vows/Practices Part 5: Conversion of Life

This practice is a very difficult one to just sum up and put a neat little bow on, saying this is how you do it go have fun.  This looks different for each person; it is the process of changing … Continue reading

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