December 14, 2017

A Prayer for Resurrection Sunday

A Prayer for Resurrection Sunday Hail thee, festival day! Blest day to be hallowed forever; Day when our Lord was raised, breaking the kingdom of death. All the fair beauty of earth from the death of the winter arising! Every good gift of the year now with its master returns. Rise from the grave now, […]

A Good Friday Prayer by Michael Spencer

Master, this day is our day to stand and look. To be amazed and disturbed. This is a day to put away glad songs, and to see the terrible cost of our salvation. This is also a day to believe and to know what is demanded in the Great Exchange at the heart of the […]

Nouwen: With Open Hands (1)

I would like to take a few days to discuss some ideas on prayer from Henri Nouwen’s book, With Open Hands. Before we begin, I would encourage you, if possible, to get a copy. It is available for only $0.99 on Kindle right now if you have the ability to read ebooks. Click on the […]

A Day of Silence and Prayer for Paris and all Peace-loving People

We will not have Saturday Ramblings today. Instead, we urge silence and prayers for our friends in France, who have suffered tremendously over the past 24 hours. Sadly, we could do this every week, because it seems that every moment somewhere in the world peace-loving people are under attack. Prince of Peace, have mercy on […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: October 18, 2015

A Jesus Prayer by Michael Spencer Jesus, you don’t build institutions. You don’t write catechisms. Or Systematic Theologies. Or critiques of someone’s theology or refutations of their catechism. You don’t have a blog. You don’t moderate debates. You are the bread of life who gives himself for the salvation of the world. You are the […]

A word from our sponsor, and Michael’s thoughts on “gear”

First today, a word from one of our friends and sponsors, Alan Creech . . . Greetings Internet Monk-ites! It’s been a while since I’ve made an appearance in the actual blog copy of this estimable site. Many thanks to Chaplain Mike for the opportunity to beg for sales. And, from of old, thanks to the […]

Ron Rolheiser on Priestly Prayer

I have an idea some people have a misconception when I tell them I am going on retreat to a place like the Abbey of Gethsemani, where I am this week. I know I’ve had such wrong notions in the past, especially in my free-church evangelical days. This is especially true regarding the daily services […]

Give us this day our daily bread

I know what it means to live week to week, paycheck to paycheck. I don’t know what it means to live day to day, without guarantee of a paycheck. I don’t know what it means to be completely dependent on grace and mercy. I may indeed be completely dependent, but I seldom realize it. I […]

Marci Alborghetti: Lessons from Jonah (and the Ninevites) on Prayer

“Oh, look!” I sneered to my husband, the Sunday paper set out before me.  “Pope Francis is calling for the world to pray about ISIS slaughtering every non-extremist in its path.  That oughta do a world of good.” Almost immediately I was hit be a wave of shame so powerful that it swept my breath […]

Prayer for Our Friend

Dear Internet Monk friends, I received the following update from Jeff Dunn the other day. With his permission I share it with you in order to encourage our prayers together. Well, about a month ago I woke up with congestion in my chest. By that afternoon I had a fever of between 101 and 103. […]