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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Destination ~

Are the luxurious, high tech BMWs and Cadillacs the seniors are driving all rushing along the roads to make it to their drivers' funerals on time?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Arnold Palmer ~ 85th Birthday

Dear Arnie,
Would like to let you know that you were, and are, an inspiration for me on my life's rough fairways. I often recalled your composed determination, and it kept me going. 
Thank you so much,
Charles [4 years younger] 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Remembering the Holocaust ~

Seventy Years Later

One Sunday morning in Munich
Seventy years later 
I saw six suitcases painted white 
Standing on a sidewalk 
Each with a rose stuck on 
And nametags. 

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Like a Morning Prayer ~

Held the umbrella slanted against the wind and walked, looking down at the path, concentrated for once, without distractions. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Deep Fear ~

What is it I fear? . . . Fear is when the person I am dealing with might be thinking that I am an old man and not quite up to par. 

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Rewards ~

The University of Rostock in Germany is going to present Edward Snowden with an honorary doctorate degree, honoris causa. . .

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Last evening at a concert on Ochsenhausen, Germany, the full quaking power of Schubert's Adagio, Trio Opus 100 overcame me on hearing the first three notes and did not let up until the movement ended. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Discomfort ~

Why does it affect me so, that the little five-year-old next door [whom I do not know] will not even as much as say hello? 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hustle and Bustle ~

In the garden the birds are busy. The bird houses and nests are occupied and there is constant feeding. Other young birds are learning to fly. The lilacs bushes are favorite perching places. There is a lot of fluttering in the bird bath.