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Monday, September 14, 2020

Notes of a Young Seminarian ~ 1947


They taught us to walk
with our heads down
so as to keep our thoughts
fixed on You,
and we gladly practiced that;
not because of the rule,
but because we wanted to.


Sunday, August 30, 2020

When the Downfall is Imminent ~

When Hitler saw that he was defeated, he expected his nation to go down with him.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Thomas Merton ~


This is the church at the Abbey of Gethsemani that Thomas Merton knew when he entered the monastery in 1941. 

Friday, August 07, 2020

Where We Stand ~

It takes a long time and much patience before one frees himself from a state of confusion.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Song of Praise ~

They taught us to walk with our head down,
and to listen for the birds,
and to join our prayer together with theirs.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Sanitization ~

It takes a killer virus to uncover all the lies and injustice.

Friday, June 26, 2020

A Change of Mind ~

We have learned what Social Distancing is. Now we should learn to apply it to God. We have to  learn to pull back, give Him room, show Him respect and reverence. There is a danger in being up too close.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Death Toll ~

100,000 dead. Where are the consoling words, the words that unify the nation?

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Reversal ~

We are able to change:
We have learned that keeping our distance from other people helps to save the world.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Covid-19 ~

What a humiliation for those who think they are so powerful.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Covid-19 ~

It is quiet in quarantine, but I can hear the birds chirping.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Our Own Fault ~

Some of us make our own idols-- and then, adoringly, bend the knee before them.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020

Casting a spell ~

The majority of Germans fell victim to Adolf Hitler's strong magic spell.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Abrupt Ending ~

On the town square this morning I watched them wrap a chain around the stem of the massive Christmas tree and hitch it to the back of a tractor. They then dragged it away, down along the main street. People stopped along the sidewalks and watched it passing by.

Saturday, December 07, 2019

How Trust is Destroyed ~

Since in office Washington Post has listed 15,413 false or misleading statements made by the President.

Friday, December 06, 2019

The Founding Fathers ~

The good Germans didn't have a mechanism like impeachment to oust Adolph Hitler.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Greater USA ~

What about the Kurds, the valiant Peshmerga fighters, who fought and died for us? He abandoned them.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Changes Once Held For Impossible ~

Now they make you go out front of a restaurant if you want to smoke a cigarette. Even in cold weather!

Monday, October 07, 2019

Unmatched ~

Tweet Tweet ~
"If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey."

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Notes of a Young Seminarian ~ 1947


You said things to us in silence
that fell into deep furrows
of understanding.

So changed were we
that only on reading
about Francis
did we begin to fathom
what had happened to us.


Notes of a Young Seminarian ~ 1947



We had to speak to You
from black prayer books
thumb-marked with use,
but secretly pursued
other wordless ways
like kneeling without moving
or sitting with hand to head
musing
or watching
a stained glass window
kindle with morning light



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Thinking back to Nine-Eleven ~

Nine Eleven

On September eleven
when it happened
while we watched
we could not help thinking about
our own thin brick walls
left standing around us
here, in the heartland.

Walled in between
panic and gratitude
we sat gaping,
not noticing
how our helpless tears
would not stop falling.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Where is the Anger? ~

What we need is the courage of an Alexei Navalny. But our boiling nation is just taking this sitting down.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019

Observance ~

Over here in Germany the people would protest if you went out and cut your lawn on a Sunday.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Disillusionment ~

When the end is near, a monk who had really been a monk all his life ends up asking if he had not been deluded the whole time, and if what he believed was all made up.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Seeing ~

Let the birds be your prophets and saints,
Let the clouds be your prophets and saints,
Let the flowers be your prophets and saints.

Friday, May 03, 2019

The Thomas Merton Prayer ~



My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am
following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and
in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me
to face my perils alone.