June 6, 2020

Merry Christmas

frodoiMonk reader Christiane mentioned a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Return Of The King yesterday. To me, this is the crux of Tolkien’s wonderful trilogy. Frodo and Samwise were within reach of the destination, yet it was in the shadow of Mt. Doom. All could still be lost. Still, in their darkest hour, there was light.

Far above the mountains in the west, the night-sky was still dim and pale. There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach.

Today is our day of light. The Shadow truly is a small and passing thing. Light and high beauty is forever beyond its reach.

We read in Isaiah,

The people who had been living in darkness
have seen a great light.
The light of life has shined on those who dwelt
in the shadowy darkness of death.

Today is our day of light. The same light that made day into night for the shepherds is the light that chases away our darkness today. Do not fear the shadows, for what shadow can ever stand in the light?

From all of us here at the InternetMonk, we wish you a very merry Christmas.



  1. To Jeff, Chaplain Mike, Denise Spencer, Damaris, Lisa, Mike Bell, Martha of Ireland and all the contributors and posters at Internet Monk, and in memory of the original Imonk, Michael Spencer, I hope all have a very joyous Christmas and Happy New Year.

  2. A blessed and joyous Christmas to you all, fellow-posters, the ones who keep the iMonastery on the road, the readers and everyone who visits!

    I’m honoured to be here among you and I greatly appreciate you all and what I have gained from you.

    “The twenty-fifth day of December.

    In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world
    from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth;
    the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood;
    the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;
    the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses
    and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;
    the one thousand and thirty-second year from David’s being anointed king;
    in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel;
    in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
    the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome;
    the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
    the whole world being at peace,
    in the sixth age of the world,
    Jesus Christ the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
    desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,
    being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
    and nine months having passed since his conception,
    was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary,
    being made flesh.”

  3. David Cornwell says

    Merry Christmas to everyone here at Internet Monk. May the Peace of Christ the Saviour be with each of you.

  4. Buon Natale, one and all!

  5. So far, as Christians all we have is a Promise and a Deposit. But oh, what a promise it is! Merry Christmas everyone!

  6. ¡Feliz Navidad!

  7. Kurisumasu Omedetou, y’all!