December 19, 2014

Saturday Ramblings: Dec. 13, 2014 — Gaudete Edition

Saturday Ramblings — December 13, 2014 Quick! Why is the third candle on the Advent Wreath pink and not purple or dark blue like the others? Answer: Because the third Sunday in Advent is different. It is known as Gaudete (Rejoicing) Sunday. On this day, having passed the midpoint of Advent, the Church lightens the […]

Saturday Ramblings: Dec 6, 2014

Saturday Ramblings, December 6, 2014 About 15 degrees cooler, and I would be writing you from a winter wonderland. Here in central Indiana on Friday we were expecting 1″-2″ of rain and there were flood warnings throughout the region. No sleigh rides for a while, I’m afraid. We don’t even like taking the Rambler out […]

Saturday Ramblings — Nov. 29, 2014

Saturday Ramblings, November 29, 2014 Many of you spoke last week, pining for the Saturday Ramblings of old, full of opinion, controversy, and bite. Okay then. We’ll do our best. You will note that the Rambler wagon is back this week, gassed up and ready to take us over the river and through the woods […]

Saturday Ramblings — Nov. 22, 2014

Saturday Ramblings, Nov. 22, 2014 Greetings from Cincinnati, where Gail and I have rambled this weekend to visit the Germania Society’s Christkindlmarkt, a traditional German outdoor Christmas market featuring German foods, beer and mulled wine, crafts, music, and traditional events such as a lantern parade and a visit from St. Nicholas. These markets are common […]

Saturday Ramblings — Nov. 15, 2014

Saturday Ramblings, November 15, 2014 Leaves are still on some of the trees, but we could get our first measurable snowfall here in central Indiana this weekend. That means we’ll have to call off our Saturday picnic and find somewhere warm to do our rambling this week. I’m not sure I’m up for a big […]

Saturday Ramblings: Nov. 8, 2014

Saturday Ramblings, November 8, 2014 What a great week it has been on Internet Monk, just the kind of week I enjoy — filled with interesting topics and a multitude of voices. We had five different authors writing on subjects as varied as the Church Year, salvation, premarital sex, prayer, the love of dogs, and […]

Saturday Ramblings: Nov 1, 2014

SATURDAY RAMBLINGS: November 1, 2014 Welcome to our new format for Saturday Ramblings. Bigger pictures, more quotes, fewer editorial comments so that you can respond to words directly from the horses’ mouths, a summary of the week that was and is from Chaplain Mike’s perspective — I hope you’ll find that it’s a veritable potpourri of […]

Saturday Ramblings – Oct 25, 2014, Scary edition

I’m so tired of the ranting that’s going on in cyberspace these days it’s scary. That’s right. I’ve had it with all the attention being given to that pastor in Seattle who resigned last week, and then showed up at a big conference where he talked about being a victim. Just seeing him sitting next […]

Saturday Ramblings — Oct 18, 2014 (Leaf-Peeper edition)

One of my favorite weekends of the year: Leaf-Peepers Paradise. The second weekend in October is typically near or at peak time for fall foliage in many of the places where I’ve lived. Tomorrow we will feature some spectacular pix by one of our faithful iMonks, and your chaplain himself is hoping to spend some […]

Saturday Ramblings: Oct. 11, 2014 (Beatitudes edition)

We’re going to take a little more serious tack on Ramblings today. To guide us, we’ll organize our thoughts using several of Jesus’ pronouncements in the Beatitudes. Blessed are those who mourn . . . Here, in a nutshell, is everything that is wrong with “Christian” teaching today. June Hunt, radio host and founder of […]