February 11, 2016

Advent III: Bearing the fruits of mercy

Advent III Bearing the fruits of mercy I find today's Gospel reading most interesting and instructive. 3:7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: December 12, 2015

Isn't that a lovely scene portrayed above? Ah, Christmas with the family. It was all so perfect, right? Well, as we ramble today, we feature a few more realistic pictures of what family Christmas is often really like -- quirky, … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: The monk who wouldn’t go away

Note from CM: Yesterday marked the 47th anniversary of Thomas Merton's death. On December 10, 1968, he died in an accidental electrocution in Bangkok, Thailand. His body was returned to the U.S. in a military transport plane that … [Continue reading...]

Nathaniel

"So, would you like to meet Nathaniel?" she asked. "Of course, I'd be honored." We left the living room, where the hospice nurse was talking with the woman's husband and doing her assessment. She led me down a narrow hall to … [Continue reading...]

You don’t have to “do grief right”

Note from CM: I will closely moderate this post. Please be respectful and serious and stick to the subject today. If things get out of hand, I will not hesitate to shut down discussion. • • • Talk to me about the truth of … [Continue reading...]

Jonathan Aigner: Ten reasons to follow the liturgical calendar

Note from CM: For this Jubilee Year of Mercy (which begins officially today), the Catholic Church has produced some excellent handbooks to help ministers and congregants focus on the theme of mercy. I found it interesting that the … [Continue reading...]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: December 7, 2015

What do I love about liturgical worship? I love the Christian year. When I was working on church staff, we were told to organize the church year around the various offerings and denominational emphases from the Southern Baptist … [Continue reading...]

Advent II: Mercy takes the risk of birth

Advent II Mercy takes the risk of birth. I thought of this poem last week, when each day seemed to bring more news of violence, death, and fear. It gave me words when I had none. It portrays the world in realistic terms and … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, December 5, 2015

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. I offered to write a couple Saturday columns to give our over-worked Chaplain a break. Shall we Ramble? Not much in the way of politics this week. Though the Republican … [Continue reading...]

Putting a Krampus in your Christmas

In the benign stories of "Santa" most of us were told, the jolly old elf knew who was "naughty or nice." He checked his list (twice) and gave gifts to the good children, and, tradition says, a lump of coal in the stockings of … [Continue reading...]