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Archives for March 2012

Signs of Spring in a Midwestern Winter

Nouwen on Ministry and the Wilderness

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Nouwen on Ministry and the Wilderness The question with which I started this exploration of desert spirituality and contemporary ministry was: “How can we minister in an apocalyptic situation?” In a period of history dominated by the growing fear of a world that cannot be won and an […]

Saturday Ramblings 3.3.2012

Welcome fellow iMonks! It’s time for the weekly venture into the leftovers here at the iMonastery. We fix a lot of food during the week and try to give you hearty main dishes twice a day (if possible). But there are some things we just don’t get around to, so we gather them all up […]

Wilderness Remix

One interesting feature of the Hebrew Bible is its use of doublets — stories that duplicate others. Well known narratives such as the creation, Noah and the flood, and Abraham passing off Sarah as his half-sister are not just told once, but twice. This used to be seen as evidence for multiple sources behind the […]

Wandering the Wilderness of Falsity

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Wandering the Wilderness of Falsity “Our false selves are the identities we cultivate in order to function in society with pride and self-possession; our real selves are a deep religious mystery, known entirely only to God.”—Thomas Merton I don’t know why this is such revelation to me. You’d think a […]

In The Desert, You Can Remember Your Name

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness In the Desert, You Can Remember Your Name In a tradition dating from at least as far back as the 7th century, Irish religious practice acknowledged a division of three martyrdoms: the red, the white, and the green.  Drawing from the established tradition of the Church about the […]