Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bounty ~



The lilacs are so profuse this year that, when I open my window near the bush, their sweet scent comes flooding in.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

With 80 Plus ~


On seeing people over 60 I feel a strong sympathetic tie with them, a felt respect, just because they have made it so far through life. They've been "through the mill" . . . 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The fastest hour of the day is the one I spend at the piano after breakfast.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Encouragement ~

Last night In a dream I was trying to convince a down-and-out parish priest how good his work had been and how I admired him for his steady, sincere apostleship. I called him a Man of God, but he wouldn't hear it. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

With 80 plus ~

With 80 plus it isn't so much the surfaces of things that interests you, but rather what under-girds them.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Urology ~

There was an eerie, absolute silence in the waiting room at the doctor's office this morning, broken only by the nurse almost inaudibly requesting the next patients. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Contentment ~


The grandchildren kept begging us to play with them—and when we did they were perfectly satisfied if we would just sit and watch

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

With 80 plus ~

. . . You realize that at 70 you started to see things as they really were.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

With 80 plus ~

Why so hard to just put one foot out in front of the other and walk, erect. I used to be so secretly proud of my gait. 

Monday, February 01, 2016

With 80 plus

You hear little children yelling at the the playground and hear their voices echoing fifty years into the future . . . 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Reading ~






Too heartbreaking to read—that final chapter. I keep putting it off. 

Sunday, January 03, 2016

With 80 plus

When you look out through your eyes you see things differently: You see a fifty-year-old and he or she becomes an innocent little first grader. 

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Articles of Faith ~

And what if there is no afterlife in heaven, or the other places we are supposed to go to? Should that make me love You less? I cannot love You just to make sure I get into heaven. 

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Facing Reality ~

What ever became of all my good intentions and determination to center my life on God? Time is running out and I see I have devoted myself to other priorities.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Thomas Merton ~

Lauding him as a "representative of the American people "
Pope Francis said: 
"Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time  and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions."
... words in an address before Congress. 
September 24, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Rammenau Castle near Dresden ~

At a concert here last evening they played some Scott Joplin and Leroy Anderson while on the walls the portraits of nobles who once lived here looked down at us with knitted brows. 

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mothers ~



On the battlefield 
the wounded and dying men
cried out to God —  
or to their mothers . . . 

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Insight ~

"For me pain has no meaning."
Statement by Peter Hintze 
Vice President of the German Bundestag.
Protestant theologian.
while debating assisted suicide. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Time has Come ~

The wheat stands high in the fields waiting for the harvesters with scythes.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Helps in Life ~

What this Carthusian monk does,
  in silence and solitude,
is my greatest inspiration.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Morning Walk ~

We walked on tiny white sea shells and sand that morning at the Baltic Sea. 

Friday, May 08, 2015

To a Razor ~

Praised be you, my razor,
for serving me for six months,
unlike those that needed new blades daily
back when I was twenty-one.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

That the Seed Take Root ~

Stood and watched the farmer harrowing his field, row for row, patiently, in a cloud of dust. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Nazi Concentration Liberated ~ April 15, 1945

Shades of Shoah

One Sunday morning in Munich
Seventy years later
Six suitcases painted white
Stood on a sidewalk
Each with a rose stuck on
And nametags.


People walked past
Stopped, bent over to read
And continued on
With shoulders stooped—
Wrenched from Sunday calm. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

To Understand the World ~

"To understand the world at all, sometimes you could only focus on a tiny bit of it, look very hard at what was close to hand and make it stand in for the whole. . ."
from: The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Outside My Window ~

In 10 below zero weather a black bird sat in the lilac bush under a canopy of snow for one full hour, all hunched and meditating . . .

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Merton's 100th Birthday ~

There was supposed be a weekend seminar held here about Thomas Merton which I was excited about and signed up for. It was called off because of lack of participants. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mothers of the Fallen ~




Take your hands from your eyes wet with tears, dear Mother, to show us the beauty there that your suffering has caused.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

We Are All Brothers ~

Spent the day in Stuttgart visiting museums walking around downtown. I saw thousands of people but not one of them would look me in the eye or show any sign of recognizing me as a fellow human being. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Civil Courage ~ Good Angel

She was a 22 year university student here in Germany. One evening last week she intervened to help two girls, 13 and 16, who were being harassed by three men near the rest room in a McDonald's restaurant. She helped to free the girls but shortly thereafter an 18-year-old attacked her in the parking lot hitting her so violently that she fell and suffered a brain concussion when her head hit the pavement. Taken to the hospital she survived in a coma for one week. This morning Tugce Albayra passed away. It was her 23rd birthday. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Vain Effort ~

All the theology classes are of no avail in bringing me closer to experiencing who God is.