November 19, 2017

Feeding the Hungry

Feeding the Hungry Matthew 25:34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. I was hungry, and you gave me something … [Continue reading...]

A spirituality “not pressed through the pores”

❧ A saint is capable of loving created things and enjoying the use of them and dealing with them in a perfectly simple, natural manner, making no formal references to God, drawing no attention to his own piety, and acting without … [Continue reading...]

3 Problems Related to Spiritual Experiences

As I was reflecting on yesterday's post and some of the comments, I was struck with a few thoughts regarding spiritual discernment and the broader subject of personal spiritual experience. In particular, I was thinking about how … [Continue reading...]

Hearing a deeper sound

I am working on a new project about spiritual discernment and one of the books I'm reading is the third book in a trilogy by Henri Nouwen, compiled and edited from original materials found in the Henri J. M. Nouwen Archives at the … [Continue reading...]

14th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • What an abundance of goodness You give me! Yet what shall my conscience give You in return? Lord, I know nothing else to bring, except to sing thanks and praise to You. • Tenor … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Brunch: September 16, 2017

THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” • • • I SEE A NEW GENRE … [Continue reading...]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (13)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Thirteen: Don't let anyone steal your joy • • • PHILIPPIANS 3:1-11 (JB Phillips translation) In conclusion, my brothers, delight yourselves in the Lord! It … [Continue reading...]

Emergence of Personhood: Lessons from Self and Identity by Roy F. Baumeister

The Emergence of Personhood: Lessons from Self and Identity by Roy F. Baumeister After reviewing “Minds, Brains, Souls and Gods: A Conversation on Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience” by Malcolm Jeeves (first post here), I … [Continue reading...]

The “Automaticities” of Faith

In his book You Are What You Love, James K. A. Smith references the work of Timothy Wilson, a psychologist at the University of Virginia, writing: At one point Wilson wagers that only about 5 percent of what we do in a given day … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Luther on Good Works

Note from CM: I was going to save this post for October, when we will focus almost exclusively on the Reformation, this being its 500th anniversary. But right now, as I posted last week, I am reading Inhabiting the Cruciform God, … [Continue reading...]