Brother Roger Saying What Everybody Knows

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[For those of you landing on my home page and looking for my recent posts on literature: please scroll down after you read this first.]

I haven’t had a real vacation in ages. So you can understand why I’m a little envious of this Frenchman driving an Italian car that was spotted in Germany. There is one more picture and commentary in Italian here.

These charming pictures almost immediately evoked the following lyrics from Leonard Cohen‘s “Everybody Knows” in my mind:

“…And everybody knows that you’re in trouble
Everybody knows what youve been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it’s coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows…”

[Below: That moment when you realize a 70 y/o man blows everything you hear on the radio out of the water]

Yesterday was the eighth anniversary of Brother Roger‘s untimely death.

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“The more you draw energies from prayer, the more you will discover a capacity to build together with others,” says Brother Roger in the Essential Writings.

The following words from his Essential Writings are in harmony with Cohen’s struggles and relate (perhaps more than tangentially?) to the chapel on wheels:

“The more you draw energies from prayer, the more you will discover a capacity to build together with others. Can you sense that struggle and contemplation have one and the same source? If you pray, it is out of love. If you struggle, taking on responsibilities to make the world more fit to live in, that too is for love.”

Requiescat in pacem:

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