October 23, 2017

Archives for 2013

The Rite and the Wrong Way to Live

I commute half an hour each way to work, and there are no decent radio stations in the wilds of western Indiana.  I’ve discovered college courses on CD as an antidote to boredom while I drive.  Recently I listened to a series of lectures on Hinduism.  It occurred to me as I listened that every […]

Some of the “Most Discussed” Posts from 2013

2013 was another banner year for Internet Monk, and thanks belongs to you, our readers and commenters. Readership numbers have never been higher, and though we didn’t have spectacular numbers of comments, we did have consistently strong participation representing a high level of thoughtful and interesting discussion. The following lists represent some of the most […]

Homily for Christmas I: “Banish all thoughts of peaceful Christmas scenes”

“Banish all thoughts of peaceful Christmas scenes” A sermon for first Sunday in Christmas 2013 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is […]

Saturday Ramblings 12.28.13

Did you hear that whooshing sound, iMonks? That was time passing by like lightning. Yes, it is once again time to get a new calendar for the kitchen wall. It is once again time to make resolutions you know you won’t keep past next weekend. It is time to write the wrong year on your […]

The Sentimentality that Blinds Us

A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more. – Matthew 2:18 Churches and Christians in the U.S., by and large, focus on all the wrong battles. In our relative prosperity and ease, we are concerned about minor irritations […]

Why Ending the Slave Trade and Apartheid Worked, and Prohibition Didn’t – Implications for the Culture Wars

Last week I posted about how I stepped out of the culture wars. A number of comments were made comparing the fight against abortion with the fight against slavery. Prohibition was also mentioned as one battle that didn’t go so well. I have been thinking about that a lot over the past week, and have […]

From Pope Francis’ Christmas Message

Dear brothers and sisters, today, in this world, in this humanity, is born the Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. Let us pause before the Child of Bethlehem. Let us allow our hearts to be touched, let us not fear this. Let us not fear that our hearts be moved. We need this! Let us […]

iMonk Classic: On Another Shore, In a Greater Light

A Classic Michael Spencer Post From Christmas 2008 My favorite piece of liturgy in the world is a sentence in the opening section of the Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast round the world on the BBC. Why is it so moving? Because it is beautiful and true. Each year, as more and […]

Merry Christmas from Internet Monk

Merry Christmas

iMonk reader Christiane mentioned a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Return Of The King yesterday. To me, this is the crux of Tolkien’s wonderful trilogy. Frodo and Samwise were within reach of the destination, yet it was in the shadow of Mt. Doom. All could still be lost. Still, in their darkest hour, there was light. […]