June 5, 2020

About Lisa Dye

Mayor of My Own City

“Conversatio’s objective was that each person become the self-constituting, good, holy, responsible person God intended him or her to be —to make their “city,” wherever it might be, work.” Paul Wilkes I took my time to read Augustine’s City of God. For part of my reading, I was surrounded by monks and priests on the […]

Mingling With Monks

A couple of decades ago I read The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton by Michael Mott. You may be familiar with this biography of a rascally and brilliant monk who spent his days at the Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky. That literary experience sparked a desire in this non-Catholic girl’s heart to visit a monastery. […]

The Abbey And Finding Our Peace Upstairs Or Down

But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?” —Romans […]

Opening a Can of Worms: What are the Reformation’s Gains and Losses?

You see by the question mark in the title that I come not opining, but asking because I truly want to know. I’ve shared in a recent essay of my background in various churches that came, not due to purposeful hopping, but rather because I was the child of a broken home and depending on […]


Tim Stafford is a senior writer for Christianity Today and recently penned and published a book exploring modern-day miracles from a journalist’s point-of-view. He doesn’t claim to be an expert on any one subject, but for the past thirty years he’s written on a wide variety of subjects relating to all things Christian. His says […]

Romans 8 and the Parable of the Prodigal

For the last several weeks I’ve been following the Apostle Paul through his letter to the Romans. I’ve done it before and I’m sure I will do it again. So far, I can’t get to the bottom of it. The veil Paul speaks of in his second letter to the Corinthians (3:14-18) keeps obscuring things. […]

Death is Preferable

“You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” -Exodus 33:20 I’m addicted to safety. Even if I wasn’t born that way, I learned to crave it growing up. My adults were broken, so by age eight I was busy trying to make everything feel safe for my younger siblings and […]

Another Look: A Perfect Life Or A Perfect God?

This is one of Lisa Dye’s first essays she wrote for us. Lisa is one of our iMonk writers who shares her life in a very real and vulnerable way. Because of this she touches hearts like none other.  Years ago, I remember hearing Derek Prince during a radio broadcast tell of a moment in […]

IM Book Review: Defending The Free Market

Father Robert Sirico has travelled a long twisty road from the left end of the political spectrum to the right and from a Catholic upbringing, to Protestant dabblings, to prodigal wanderings and back again to Catholicism and the priesthood. Sirico (yes, brother to Tony of the Sopranos) caught my attention a few weeks ago in […]

Wandering the Wilderness of Falsity

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Wandering the Wilderness of Falsity “Our false selves are the identities we cultivate in order to function in society with pride and self-possession; our real selves are a deep religious mystery, known entirely only to God.”—Thomas Merton I don’t know why this is such revelation to me. You’d think a […]