November 23, 2017

Archives for November 2011

Why I Need Advent

So I set out Tuesday for a quick errand to find a book on the importance of Advent. How hard could that be? Four bookstores and two library branches later, I came home with one book of dubious value and one booklet with some good stuff.  (I also came home with a large diet chocolate […]

Resources for the Season

This afternoon I thought I would pass along some links that might be of help to you or to someone you care about during this Advent and Christmas season. I am not going to suggest every possible resource out there, just a few good quality sites. Some provide daily readings, prayers, and other personal devotional […]

Another Look: Living in the In-Between

NOTE: Advent started Sunday, and the sky has been falling here ever since. Rain, rain, and more rain; followed by falling temperatures and snow. It has been all haze and fog and spray coming up off the road on my windshield. Perpetual gray. Gloom. Each day has been a “I want to crawl under the […]

A Witness to Vulgar Grace

The following is from Brennan Manning’s memoir, All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir. Drink deep and savor. This is the good stuff. My life is a witness to vulgar grace — a grace that amazes as it offends. A grace that pays the eager beaver who works all day long the same wage as the […]

Why Some Don’t Observe the Christian Year

As regular readers of Internet Monk know, I am an enthusiastic proponent of following the Christian Year as a way of keeping our churches Jesus and Gospel-centered and as a salutary program for enabling individual Christians and congregations to become spiritually formed by the story of Christ. I am fully aware not everyone agrees. So […]

“Lego” Bible too Graphic for Sam’s Club Parents

I never saw our kids do this with Legos. Maybe I was naive. According to an article in the Christian Post, “Sam’s Club stores are no longer selling The Brick Bible: A New Spin on The Old Testament, which tells Bible stories through 1,400 images of toy Lego pieces, after ‘numerous concerns’ were received about […]

The Anguished Seriousness of Advent

Monday Merton Musings, November 28, 2011 The Anguished Seriousness of Advent Today, we hear some of Thomas Merton’s thoughts on the Advent season. The certainty of Christian hope lies beyond passion and beyond knowledge. Therefore we must sometimes expect our hope to come in conflict with darkness, desperation and ignorance. Therefore, too, we must remember […]

New Missal Introduced — What Do You Think?

Today, on this first Sunday in Advent, the traditional beginning of the Church Year, the Roman Catholic Church began using a new Missal in the mass. Priests have been preparing congregations throughout the autumn months for the introduction of the new mass translation. Catholic News Agency has had a website available that contains a number […]

Advent I: What Fruit Remains

First Sunday of Advent November 27, 2011 Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37 Prayer of the Day Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection waken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you […]

iMonk Classic: Michael Spencer Helps Us Prepare for Advent

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From November, 2008 Original Title: “Riffs: Joseph Bottum on the End of Advent (and the horror of our version of Christmas)” Many years ago, we made a decision to, as much as possible, speak of Advent and not of Christmas, until Christmas. I’ve never been able to hold off […]