Getting older gracefully
by Bro. Boniface
(Muensterschwarzach Abbey, Germany)
waiting for the next call
I have a hunch that you, dear reader, will agree with me that from one generation to the next people change. So there is no surprise that my generation born just before WWII may have a difficult time to understand the present generation. I hear they are called the media generation. At least that is so in Germany where I now live.
Whereas those who grew up with me were concerned mostly about surviving the dreadful war, then the shortages and period of hunger the young people of today are more carefree and take the good life generations before them created and worked for as normal and for granted.
Many of us grew up in more frugal circumstances, families were often larger and many a good man died in one of the many wars of the time period. This is especially true for Americans whose sons and now also daughters have fought in many places the world over.
I am getting used to it that young people, even those who enter a monastery today, look at me as an older guy who is not expected anymore to fit into today's media generation. If you do not flip TV channels like crazy, like more comfort in daily living and do not use at least one handy to wait for the next call or message it feels like the tsunami of electronic gadgets is passing you over.
And yet the better things in life are the more quiet and proven things. They are feeling at home in my soul, with loved ones, if some are still around, having time for a chat with the Lord and old friends and neighbors, reading good books and tending the roses.
And peace! What about inner peace, quiet and reflection? Prayer is quiet and we say God only speaks when our mind and heart are still. I wish you that you can enjoy a few moments of quiet each day.
Reflecting on life is important and helps on our journey of the soul.