January 17, 2017

Epiphany I: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY I Bach Cantata BWV 154, "My Dearest Jesus Is Lost" In Bach's day, the Gospel reading for the first Sunday in Epiphany was Luke's story of the boy Jesus in the Temple. The … [Continue reading...]

The Internet Monk Saturday Brunch (1/7/17)

NEW! AND IMPROVED! FOR 2017 -- Internet Monk's Saturday Ramblings will henceforth be known as Saturday Brunch. Consider this your weekly invitation. The following article from The Smithsonian tells where this meal … [Continue reading...]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: Jan 6, 2017

To Do the Best with What We Have from January 2008 * * * Note: The following incident is fictionalized from real experience. I look at my watch. It’s time for a counseling appointment. I clear my desk, bring in the extra … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: “To Go through Life Guessing Wrong”

Once, while reading Thomas Merton on the subject of vocation (No Man Is an Island), I came across this stunning passage: Our vocation is not a sphinx’s riddle, which we must solve in one guess or else perish. Some people find, in … [Continue reading...]

Adam & Eve: A Failure of Vocation

What the Bible offers is not a “works contract,” but a covenant of vocation. The vocation in question is that of being a genuine human being, with genuinely human tasks to perform as part of the Creator’s purpose for his world. … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: What Matters: Baptism and Vocation

Thus they made men believe that the profession of monasticism was far better than Baptism. . . . . . . Furthermore, the precepts of God and the true service of God are obscured when men hear that only monks are in a state of … [Continue reading...]

Sermon Christmas II: Returning to Our Work

Christmas II (New Year’s Day) Returning to Our Work 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord … [Continue reading...]

Christmas II: Pic and Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • CHRISTMAS II Bach Cantata 28, “Praise God! Now the Year Comes to an End” Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende, Das neue rücket schon heran. Gedenke, meine Seele, dran, Wieviel … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: New Year’s Eve Edition

RAMBLER OF THE WEEK You, our Internet Monk readers, are our Ramblers of the Week. Here on the verge of a new year, we prepare to ramble into 2017, and I'd like to hear what you think might be in store for you, or more broadly, … [Continue reading...]

Annual Review: Most-Discussed IM Posts of 2016

Annual Review Most-Discussed Internet Monk Posts of 2016 2016 was another good year, in my view, for our blog and the discussion community that reads and comments each day. Before we go month by month through the posts that … [Continue reading...]