October 14, 2019

Randy Thompson: It’s Spring, Sort of

Randy Thompson It’s Spring, Sort of Spring typically conjures up images of robins, flowers and bright yellow forsythia blooms. That’s the way spring is supposed to be for most of us. But, the reality of it here in New Hampshire is a bit different. Spring is mud season. We’re grateful for the warmer weather, but […]

It Has Been a Week…

It has been a week. Many of us in the Internet Monk family have had serious sadness and struggles of various kinds this week. I would urge you to pray for Daniel Jepsen, Mike Bell, Mike the Geologist, and David Cornwell in particular. For them, and for others who are close to many of us, […]

A Serving of Capon for Carnival

“O Lord, refresh our sensibilities. Give us this day our daily taste. Restore to us soups that spoons will not sink in, and sauces which are never the same twice. Raise up among us stews with more gravy than we have bread to blot it with, and casseroles that put starch and substance in our […]

Another Look: Church Year Spirituality

Note from CM: In our worship service at church this morning, I will be continuing our series on “Why We Worship as We Do,” and our subject is the Church Year. The worship we practice each week is set within a larger annual calendar. This post, repeated and updated over the years, explains the benefits […]

Winter Spirituality III

Winter Spirituality III Thoughtful for Winter’s future sorrow, Its gloom and scarcity; Prescient to-day, of want to-morrow, Toiled quiet Memory. ‘Tis she that from each transient pleasure Extracts a lasting good; ‘Tis she that finds, in summer, treasure To serve for winter’s food. And when Youth’s summer day is vanished, And Age brings Winter’s stress, […]

Winter Spirituality II

Winter Spirituality II • • • The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy (1900) I leant upon a coppice gate, When Frost was spectre-gray, And Winter’s dregs made desolate The weakening eye of day. The tangled bine-stems scored the sky Like strings of broken lyres, And all mankind that haunted nigh Had sought their household fires. […]

Winter Spirituality I

Winter Spirituality I I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light. • Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in […]

Happy New Year! — My January Playlist

Happy New Year! Here is my music playlist for January. It’s all about circles ’round the sun, a new creation in time, darkness and cold, love and loss, cabin fever, and finding the strength to pray and work for peace. • • • 1 Auld Lang Syne (James Taylor) 2 One More Circle (Peter Mayer) […]

A Meditation for the First Day of Winter from Peter Mayer

A Meditation for the First Day of Winter • My Soul by Peter Mayer There are a hundred billion snowflakes swirling in the cosmic storm And each one is a galaxy, a billion stars or more And each star is a million earths, a giant fiery sun High up in the sky, maybe shining on […]

Another Look: Merton – Before We Can Become Gods We Must Be Human

Thomas Merton contended that human beings have lost a great deal in modern, technological society. What we have gained in efficiency and productivity has, in many ways, sucked the humanity and spirituality from our inner beings. In this meditation from Seasons of Celebration, the monk laments that we have separated ourselves from intimacy with the […]