December 16, 2017

Christmastide I: Various Christmas sermons of note

Pope Francis, Urib et Orbi Message Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas! Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation! Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself.  Jesus is the radiant “day” which has dawned on the horizon of humanity.  A […]

Merry Christmas, from all of us at Internet Monk

Sundays with Michael Spencer: Dec. 28, 2014

Note from CM: 2015 will mark five years since the death of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. Throughout the year, we will feature special remembrances to honor his memory and contributions. One of the ways we will do that is to give Michael his say every Sunday. We begin today, with a post that was […]

Boxing Day – And Another Ancestor Story

Only 100 years ago the number of people who died from disease was staggering. In 1918 the so called “Spanish Flu” swept the world killing an estimated 50-100 million people. At that time that represented three to five percent of the world’s population. Among the dead, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was my Great-grandfather William Robert […]

Wishing You a Jesus-Shaped Christmas

Lo! newborn Jesus Soft and weak and small, Wrapped in baby’s bands By His Mother’s hands, Lord God of all. Lord God of Mary, Whom His Lips caress While He rocks to rest On her milky breast In helplessness. Lord God of shepherds Flocking through the cold, Flocking through the dark To the only Ark, […]

Rob Grayson: The night before Christmas revisited

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land The people were stooped under Rome’s mighty hand; They clung to the hope their oppression would end As they looked for a king they believed God would send. They read in their books what the prophets foretold: A Messiah would save them, as promised of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]