Category Religion

Papal Audience

I think it was a Wednesday. We were in Rome and I said we had to have an audience with the Pope. Needless to say, it wasn’t a private one. Once a week the Pope comes out to meet the masses who gather. It was 2009, so the Pope was Benedict XVI. It was a […]

Freiburg Cathedral I

It was a grey Saturday when we were in Freiburg last month, but we visited the cathedral anyway. I’m not sure if that was the right move. Certainly the building is impressive from a distance, and just as impressive up close, even surrounded by the stalls of the Saturday farmers’ market. Inside though it felt […]

Cultural Differences IX – Holidays

It was Friday night, getting late, and our hostess casually mentioned, “of course, tomorrow is a holiday.” Nobody told me. I knew Saturday was January 6. I knew in the church calendar that is Epiphany, the dated celebrated for the arrival of the Magi. But I’m from Canada; it never occurred to me that the […]

Christmas Penguins?

It’s Christmas Eve, also the fourth Sunday of the 2017 Advent season. As I have done the past couple of Sundays, I am featuring a nativity set today. Two of them.  I thought about saving one of these for Advent 2018, but I suspect I’ll find other ones to share with you next year. They […]

The Third Sunday of Advent

Last Sunday I showed you some pictures of a nativity set that has been in my wife’s family since 1925.  Today more nativity set photos, from an older and larger set. If I read the sign correctly (which is debatable since my German is still practically non-existent), this set in the City Museum in Lippstadt […]

The Nativity Set

Today is the second Sunday of the Advent season, the day we light the second candle on the Advent wreath. I should be able to tell you what that candle signifies, but I can’t off the top of my head. When I was growing up my family didn’t do anything special for Advent. Probably had […]

Stones of Remembrance

I wish I had brought a stone with me, but I didn’t know. As a small town, Sulzburg has few tourist attractions besides fresh air and hiking trails. However, it is known for its synagogue and Jewish cemetery, both no longer in use. Well, the cemetery is still there. So is the synagogue. It is […]