August 23, 2017

Fridays with Damaris: Another Look – Filled with Passionate Intensity

Filled with Passionate Intensity By Damaris Zehner Does anyone else cringe when they hear the over-used word “passion”? “What’s your passion?” —  “I have a passion for — something.” — “I’m so passionate about that.” I don’t think these people know what they’re really saying. Bear with me here. I’m launching into a history of […]

Fridays with Damaris: Another Look – How We Become Human

How We Become Human By Damaris Zehner I know, as a tenet of my faith, that Jesus’ incarnation, death, and resurrection somehow have set me free from death and given me new life.  I know that God says that he will take away my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh.  But […]

Fridays with Damaris: Literature and Empathy

Literature and Empathy By Damaris Zehner In May of 1998, my husband, three daughters, and I – pregnant with our fourth – moved to Kyrgyzstan.  We went with a non-denominational mission agency and planned to develop a business in one of the most remote areas.  We had many reasons for taking our family overseas to […]

Fridays with Damaris: Another Look – Integrity of Life

Integrity of Life by Damaris Zehner For, with the old order destroyed, a universe cast down is renewed, and integrity of life is restored to us in Christ. Prayer offered during Mass: May 3, 2015 • • • The phrase “integrity of life” reached out and grabbed me when I heard it a few months […]

Wisdom for Ordinary Time: Eugene Peterson on Philippians 4:13

During Ordinary Time this year, I will be reading and meditating on Eugene Peterson’s new book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God. This book captures sermons from Peterson’s twenty-nine years as a pastor in Bel Air, Maryland (where I happened to graduate from high […]

Waiting to Live

Most of my life, I’ve been waiting to live. The pattern has been like this: seasons of thinking about what it means to live and waiting to live and hoping to live, interrupted by moments of living. I’ve spent most of my days thinking about life, pondering what will enable me to live. Hoping for […]

The Path Is Made by Walking

Traveller, your footprints Are the path and nothing more; Traveller, there is no path, The path is made by walking. By walking the path is made And when you look back You’ll see a road Never to be trodden again. • Antonio Machado “We don’t believe something by merely saying we believe it, or even […]

Psalms Week: Lives Built Around Praying the Psalms

My primary (and very limited) experience with praying the Psalms communally is with the Trappist monks at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. They pray the Psalms seven times a day, and cover the entire Psalter every two weeks. So you can imagine that the words and sentiments of the Psalms have become part of the very […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: 3/17/17

From a 2009 post by Michael Spencer The following is from a 2008 interview with Richard Foster: What is the discipline that you think we need to be exploring more at this point? Solitude. It is the most foundational of the disciplines of abstinence, the via negativa. The evangelical passion for engagement with the world is […]

Andrew Perriman: Who is being transformed into the image of Christ? Not me

Note from CM: I read the following, fascinating post over at Andrew Perriman’s always interesting and thought-provoking blog, and asked his permission to have us discuss it here at Internet Monk. I think it’s a good one to consider during Lent. • • • Who is being transformed into the image of Christ? Not me by […]