Day 11& 12 Frankfurt, the final stop!
I haven’t done a journal for about a day or so, so I am here on my last evening, having given my talks to the community here, ending with a final Mass at the “Kaiser Dom” in German. I guess I should talk more about this but other things have really been on my mind, personally.
I can’t say I felt it was my best work or “talk” but it was my first item like this so I should not criticize, people seemed appreciative and for some reason people like to hear my story. For me it can be difficult because there is the story that you tell and that is perfectly true, yet the layers of life, conversion, faith are multifaceted. It is difficult for me to tell for some reason, though I have seen that it has touched many people so maybe that story must unfold and continues to unfold. Now the thing that I thought was interesting and what I love about my faith is, as the famous author and Catholic, said about the Church, “Here comes everyone!” I had people there from; Philippines, India, United States, Korea, Italy, Germany, England, Ireland, and others I know. The nature of the message that can comes from God is that we are all made in his image and likeness and we are loved and therefore are able to love is THE sustaining item in my life.
Something that always amazes me too about this love is that it is surprising on the way. During the short time of being the “Speaker”, I am amazed that God surprises you with the knowledge that you too need to be ministered to. There I was taken by four of the Sister’s who came, especially Myreceia, from India. She is in the international community of Sister’s called Schwestern vom Göttlichen Meister or the Sister’s of the Divine Master. Now, priests are a great bunch, but if you really want to find and see in action the wisdom of God, you talk to a nun. They are really something else and the depth of their community and prayer life is striking. I am grateful for this and do hope and wish to return sometime soon.
The priest Pfarrer Stefan Scholz, he being in his late 40’s or so, was very happy that I could take the Heilige Messe or Mass for him that day.
So much so that he called and he stopped by the Pension we had a cup of coffee and asked me to consider maybe coming here and working and staying for a longer period of time at some point. Very flattering and enticing, yet at this point I think my work is elsewhere, though it would be a very wonderful experience.
This trip has just been a wonderful trip, to be able to come to a land maybe because of my ancestral roots, draws me close and in. Maybe it is the fact that I am able to speak some of the language and that in and of itself is an adventure and challenge. Yet even in Frankfurt which is a very international and not high on the tourist highlights of Germany, though they have a beautiful Römer or Old town, surrounded by the skyscrapers brings a certain charm and change of pace.
People who know me know that this is something that is and probably will always be attractive to me. City life, chaos converges and there is some kind of order that comes within it. People are moving on their way somewhere, there is motion, there is noise, there is life. Now, I know it is not for all and I think I am just kind of gaining a new respect for places that have a little bit of a slower pace, but I loved just strolling around town, old and new rich and poor, city street and the beautiful river front walkway that goes right up to the River Main. During the day I had some free time and so I decided to go to the Goethe Haus and Museum. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest German writers and western writer for that matter. He was born here and lived here for some time. Most of us would know his work Faust, a classic in German and Western literature.
Writers just seem to have something in them that makes their creativity come alive. Knowing I might come here I am currently reading this, I am about half way through and it really is an interesting writing that does play on your sense of how life works and the games we play within it. Then I did what anyone travelling should do a little of but not lot of…Shopping for souvenirs!
I guess it was appropriate that I would end my time actually doing a little “work”; though it definitely did not seem like it. I met some people after the talk and where did we go? An Irish Pub! Yes, very good German thing to do! That evening was the Champions League in Soccer, and most of the people there were wanting to watch the English teams.
It was a American guy from Dallas, two guys from England and a guy and his fiancé from Germany. We had a nice time just chatting about especially politics and culture and the greatness and how small our world has become. On my final day I had the Mass, came back to my pension where half of the wonderful stay here is to talk the ever opinionated, passionate and charming Frau Krause. This place is beautiful and my room is the size of an apartment, it is very cozy nice and great atmosphere.
Then had coffee with Pfarrer Scholz, then relaxed for a little while. Went back to the Church and chatted with the sister’s strolled around the old town, having my collar on today had a lot of people come up and chat, especially one woman from Croatia, she was asking me some advice in German and I hope she understood me but she seemed that she did. Wrapped things up in the afternoon with the third and final talk, so this evening I strolled back along the River which is probably a mile from the Church to where I am staying. I think I might head out for one last meal, then come back and pack up and Go to bed early. I am glad on this trip, it was balanced with of course doing the touristy things but more important to just be and enjoy being in another culture, world and soaking it up! Thank you Germany, Germans and all those I encountered for a great trip, for sharing this journey of mine with me and let us all journey together in a Spirit that is full of life, drawing us all closer as one. Bis Spater!
Painting from Faust, Faust with Gretchen