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Archives for September 2011

Song for Ordinary Time (14): Order My Life

This is a simple worship chorus I wrote years and years ago, linked with two verses from a favorite hymn. Together, they form a prayer that God will bring order to our inner worlds and cause us to cling to him. The recording is by no means professional, but I hope it will not detract […]

iMonk Classic: The Monk Who Wouldn’t Go Away

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated Note from CM: As I prepare to spend a few days at The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, I am catching up on my Thomas Merton. Merton, as you will read below, was Michael Spencer’s hero. I am not nearly as acquainted with the monk as Michael […]

Pope Benedict on “The Burning Question of Martin Luther”

On our iMonk Bulletin Board (in the right column) we recently posted news of historic meetings the Pope has been having with his Lutheran brethren in Germany. In an article from the Catholic News Service, Rev. Nikolaus Schneider, head of the Evangelical Church in Germany introduced Pope Benedict XVI and noted his hopes for the […]

Saturday Ramblings 9.24.11

I feel like a kid in a candy shop. This week’s cornucopia of stories is perhaps the best ever. I’m serious that I cannot make this stuff up. Alert iMonk readers sent me emails this week with many of these stories, and I am so thankful. We have unisex squid, cowboy monks, a money-saving web site called […]

Watering the Garden

Teresa of Avila, a sixteenth-century Christian, taught extensively about the inner life of prayer and communion with God. She compared it to watering a garden. Without prayer our capacity to love will wither and die. But not all prayer nourishes our souls the same way, just as not all forms of watering a garden are […]

Prepositions Matter

“…the grammarian’s last daughter opened her bag. “Out came the prepositions: of, to, from, with, at, by, in, under, over, and so on. When she’d put them into the bag, they had seemed like hooks or angles. Now, departing in orderly rows, they reminded her of ants. Granted, they were large ants, each one the […]

Difficult Scriptures: Mark 8:35

Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self (Mark 8:35, The Message). There are times I like a verse or passage from The Message better than any other translation, and this is one of them. You may be more familiar with the way most other Bibles […]

Another Look: Selling Jesus By The Pound

Chaplain Mike wrote earlier this week about the demise of Borders and how the Christian Booksellers Association says their member stores need to fill the gap. I have worked in Christian publishing for a number of years. I know the ins and outs fairly well of this field, so I feel I have the right […]

Hanging On…

For awhile now, I have been feeling the need for a break of some kind. As I’ve written about some of the demanding situations involved in working on a hospice team, many of you have been kind enough to encourage me to remember to practice self-care, and you are right. The schedule of emotionally intense […]

Sealing the Deal

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (11) Now Boaz went up to the village gate and sat there. Then along came the guardian whom Boaz had mentioned to Ruth! Boaz said, “Come here and sit down, ‘John Doe’!” So he came and sat down. Boaz chose ten of the village leaders and […]