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Monday, May 25, 2009

An Act of Hope ~

    The Old Monk asked me:
  • what I would do if I had a box for a long time in which I believed there was a great treasure but I had never opened it. When I finally did I found it was empty. What would I do?

  • I said I would get rid of it.

  • He said no, I should hold onto it and keep believing.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Beauty in the Fields ~

Yesterdat they cut the first hay. This morning I walked across the fields glistening with dew, breathing in the fragrance.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monk's Wisdom ~

"Don't you realize that life is essentially God's search for you and your search for Him?"

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Change of Direction ~

Sometimes it was so routine and monotonous that I thought I needed a spectacular problem to grapple with, just to know I was up to it— and alive.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

One by One They Pass Away ~

He was 55. They found him yesterday in his room on the floor, dead. We had taught together for over twenty years. His subjects were German, philosophy and religion. Both of us had seminary backgrounds, something in common. He lived alone on a Black Forest hillside. Being together with young students was his life.