“Ihr seid nicht allein”: Norma und die Schwestern des Lebens (Radio Horeb Wochenkommentar)

(Erstausstrahlung als Radio Horeb Wochenkommentar am 25. Februar 2017) "Ihr seid nicht allein" Norma und die Schwestern des Lebens Es ist schwer, in Worte zu fassen, was diese Frau erlebt hat, was sie durchmachen musste. Es ist kaum vorstellbar, mit welchen Schuldgefühlen sie jahrzehntelang gerungen hat.  Und wie sie Erlösung fand; vergeben lernte – auch… Continue reading “Ihr seid nicht allein”: Norma und die Schwestern des Lebens (Radio Horeb Wochenkommentar)

Is a 5k-swim a “half marathon”?

Comparing distance swimming to running makes only limited sense. That said, I consider it useful to at least have that old 1/4 rule on hand, right? When you multiply a swimming distance by four, you have an approximation of how much – to some extent – we are talking about relative to a running distance.… Continue reading Is a 5k-swim a “half marathon”?

Kein leises Servus: Wie ich mich in der aktuellen MK verabschiede – und wo man sich bewirbt, um selber Chefredakteur zu werden

Anmerkung nach Druckgang der letzten Ausgabe: Ein herzliches Dankeschön für die vielen netten Grüße und Glückwünsche! Vergelt's Gott. In der Süddeutschen Zeitung (SZ) hat Kollege Jakob Wetzl berichtet: "Von München in die Welt" In einer guten Stunde geht sie in Druck, die 30. Ausgabe der Münchner Kirchenzeitung im Jahr 2015. Und damit auch mein Abschied… Continue reading Kein leises Servus: Wie ich mich in der aktuellen MK verabschiede – und wo man sich bewirbt, um selber Chefredakteur zu werden

Day 185 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Summer rain heaven and worries about carpal tunnel syndrome

On the day before the longest day of the year, the temperature hit a new summer low. After weeks of rainy weather, the temperature sank to 6 degrees centigrade (42.8 Fahrenheit). People tweeted jokes about snow coming and buying winter jackets. So when I got the chance, I grabbed my bathers and rushed to the… Continue reading Day 185 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Summer rain heaven and worries about carpal tunnel syndrome

Wimmers Woche: Das Schönste an “Laudato Si”

Die neue Enzyklika von Papst Franziskus selbst lesen: Das sollten alle mündigen Christen tun. Und getrost erst einmal die Explosion der Einschätzungen durch Experten - echte wie vermeintliche - vermeiden, die alle versuchen, mit ihrer Exegese die Deutungshoheit darüber zu haben, was Papst Franziskus “wirklich sagt” und “eigentlich meint”. (Das gilt auch für diesen Kommentar!)… Continue reading Wimmers Woche: Das Schönste an “Laudato Si”

Day 171 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: The importance of screwing up – and how to cure insomnia

Have you stuffed up today? It might be a good thing.  But first things first: One of the many features of the Garmin Fenix 3 is that it tracks your activities (yep, just like all those other gadets, doo-hickies and bands do nowadays, including the ridiculously over-hyped Apple Watch to some extent). Anyway, I thought this… Continue reading Day 171 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: The importance of screwing up – and how to cure insomnia

The Swimmer Fight or Flight response – Why I am nervous about practice every. single. time.)

The Fight or Flight Response – interesting take on what all swimmers probably deal with

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Last night, I couldn’t swim.

Okay, technically that’s not true. My arms moved. I rotated. I did something with my legs, maybe, and I managed to breathe.

I knew before going in that it was going to be “that kind” of swim day.

My nerves were as engaged as my core even before I got in the car.

Sometimes, you just know it. There’s a feeling inside you, which may, of course, be a cycle of self-defeating energy.

Sometimes, you just don’t have the swimmer inside of you.

And if I’m truly honest, I have to admit that the swimmer doubt, the swimmer insecurity, the “what if I can’t”, is a part of every single time I swim.

I have been swimming with my incredible team for nearly 14 years.

And yet, every single time I know I have to head to practice, I reconsider.

There are a million other…

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Day 170 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Three months out from the race – the first outside swim of the year!

Finally! After more than seven months doing laps indoors, it was time to swim outside. As much as I enjoy my 6am swims in the indoor pool – this was a treat. And one I hope to repeat soon. [Begin v/o with Morgan Freeman's voice] Imagine a balmy evening after a long, hot summers' day in… Continue reading Day 170 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Three months out from the race – the first outside swim of the year!

Statement of the German, French and Swiss Bishops on their Study Day in Rome ahead of the Family Synod

Few documents by the German Bishops' Conference have drawn as much international interest as the press release dealing with the study day of French, Swiss and German bishops in Rome on Monday of this week. The press release is available in German and French. Given the interest, I have done a (quick and dirty) translation… Continue reading Statement of the German, French and Swiss Bishops on their Study Day in Rome ahead of the Family Synod