Category Reflections

Tu BiShevat 5778

In 2017 this feast will be February 11th

“Tu biShevat “ (the 15th day of Shevat the 11th month of the Jewish calendar) is a feast which is mentioned in the Mishna: “The 1st of Shevat is the new year for the trees, according to Beith Shammai; however, Beit Hillel says that it is on the 15th of Shevat”.(Mishna Rosh Hashana 1,1). After ... Read more...

Discipleship

The lamp of the Lord is burning

What is the meaning of discipleship? The answer to this question can be easily found in a dictionary but the deep meaning of this simple word goes further than a sentence or a description about someone who follows somebody else. The discipleship is a relationship between two persons, the master and his or her disciple. ... Read more...

Feast of Hanukkah and Christmas

We can celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas with the Jews

“We can celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas with the Jews the light of God and wish that it will illuminate the world with true joy and hope” On December 1st and 7th, our classes with Sr. Anne Catherine discussed about Hanukkah and Christmas. Do these two celebrations have any correlation with one another? We discussed this ... Read more...

Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace

Pope Francis message on World day of peace January 1st 2017

The Pope’s message for Peace you can download here as pdf in several languages: Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace 1. At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish ... Read more...

Erster Advent 2016

Gedanken zu Jesaja 2,1-5 und Mt 24, 37-44

Erster Adventsonntag! Die erste Kerze am Adventkranz brennt! Die Zeit leuchtender Kinderaugen in denen sich zunehmend mehr Kerzen spiegeln, beginnt! Oder was verbinden Sie mit diesem Sonntag? Auf jeden Fall ist es der Beginn eines neuen Kirchenjahres, eines neuen Durchgang durch die verschiedenen Feiern der Heilsgeschichte Gottes mit den Menschen. Wir Menschen brauchen in unserem ... Read more...

Normal und anders

Reflection on

Vom Genetiker Markus Hengstschläger stammt das Buch Die Durchschnittsfalle. Gene  Talente – Chancen:1 Die Mittelmäßigkeit ist der Liebling der Österreicher. Das führt unser Land in eine evolutionäre Sackgasse. „Der Durchschnitt hat noch nie etwas Innovatives geleistet. Da schwärmt ein Vater: ‚Mein Sohn ist so problemlos, ist noch nie negativ aufgefallen.‘ Aber auch positives Auffallen ist ... Read more...

Jom Kippur 2016

“The tenth of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement, when you shall hold a sacred assembly and mortify yourselves and offer an oblation to the Lord.”

On the evening of October 11th, we went to the synagogue to join the prayer on the eve of Kippur called: Prayer of the “Kol Nidre” (asking for the cancellation of all vows, oaths or promises, that we could have pronounced from last Yom Kippur or will pronounce until next Yom Kippur). There was a ... Read more...