December 14, 2019

Isn’t It Hard?

Mouths move without vision — without regard for consequences Eyes fill with memories poisoned by intimate knowledge of failure to love Sometimes, sometimes, doesn’t the light seem to move so far away? You help your sisters, you help your old lovers, you help me but who do you cry to? ‘Cause isn’t it hard To […]

Outside the Camp

What I think I’m looking for and not finding is something that will give me hope.  At this point, I won’t be persuaded by guilt or by empty platitudes.  “You just need to do it because it’s what we all need to do” just isn’t cutting it.  Having people tell me that it’s a broken […]

The Heroic Journey

But what are you going to do with your now resurrected life? That is the heroic question. – Richard Rohr Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life * * * One traditional way of thinking about the course of life has been through the stories of journeys made by heroes or heroines. […]

The Least of God’s Holy People

As I reflect on my life today, many years after my ordination to the priesthood and that season of monastic life at the Abbey of Genesee, I still feel like the least of God’s holy people. Looking back over the years, I realize that I am still struggling with the same problems I had all […]

The Good Scout and the Denial of Jesus’ Way

Note from CM: Before I write today’s post, I must say that yesterday’s discussion provides a superb example of why I love being part of Internet Monk. That was one of the most thoughtful and respectful conversations I’ve ever been privileged to witness. I had a busy day at work so wasn’t able to participate too […]

Pausing to Consider the Journey

Some things have happened in my personal world recently that require reflection and reconsideration of the way ahead. I won’t share details at this point, except to say that a fog has descended, obscuring the road that stretches before me. I’ve learned enough by now to know that it might be wise to pull over […]


On Saturday, Chaplain Mike was approved by the candidacy committee for assignment, call, and ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Thanks be to God!

Wilderness Update: Time to Get Real

This discovery of Christ is never genuine if it is nothing but a flight from ourselves. On the contrary, it cannot be an escape. It must be a fulfillment. I cannot discover God in myself and myself in Him unless I have the courage to face myself exactly as I am, with all my limitations, […]

The Journey Continues

Editor’s note:  I met Erick as a co-worker in a company where very few self-identified as Christians.  Erick however did.  It can be a difficult journey in our part of Canada.  Here is the latest installment in Erick’s story published this week.  He blogs at:  Sempiternal Being.  He has given me permission to share this […]

Wilderness Update, September 2013

It is decision time. The first Sunday in September was the last day of my summer internship in my home church. This concludes my year of practical and academic work for the ELCA and brings me to a point where I must write a candidacy essay and submit my application for final approval to receive […]