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Views From Your Table

Munich, Germany

That was second breakfast, after the Corpus Christi mass on the Marienplatz. It was hot today in Munich. What, you expect Christian men to not have a cold beer after standing in the sun for over an hour? We sat outside the Andescher am Dom [1] cafe behind the Frauenkirche with our friends, and drank helles lager [2] and ate the best pretzels imaginable, with mustard.

Munich, Germany

For a late lunch, we went to the biergarten in the Englischer Garten [3] park. That’s my wurst and sauerkraut on the left, and a cold helles lager.

Tomorrow, I need to be sure to order pork knuckles, and more Bavarian sausage. I am just the wurst, I tell you.

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#1 Comment By Gromaticus On June 15, 2017 @ 2:19 pm

I was at my local Bavarian restaurant last night and ordered the Schweinshaxe in your honor 🙂


#2 Comment By Elijah On June 15, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

Oh how I envy you right now. Have a weissbier for me, with lemon.

#3 Comment By Moderate Mom On June 15, 2017 @ 2:41 pm

Your lunch looks so good. I love German food!

#4 Comment By mrscracker On June 15, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

It all looks wonderful. I love sauerkraut. Enjoy your trip!

#5 Comment By thomas tucker On June 15, 2017 @ 3:07 pm


#6 Comment By M_Young On June 15, 2017 @ 4:06 pm

If you are still there, have the [5] … Brez’n, Weissbier and Weisswurst.

(I like the ‘Weiss’ aspect of it, but it tastes great too!)”

#7 Comment By GB On June 15, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

Munich is a lovely place, especially this time of year.

Remember to say “Grüß Gott!”

#8 Comment By Tony D. On June 15, 2017 @ 8:53 pm

I hated mustard until I went to the Austrian Alps and had the real stuff. From a street vendor, no less.

#9 Comment By bronze surfer On June 15, 2017 @ 10:46 pm

Second breakfast? Is this the Shire?

[NFR: I am *always* in the Shire, wherever I go. 😉 — RD]

#10 Comment By M_Young On June 16, 2017 @ 2:56 am

Hassennieren (???) rabbits kidneys.

Pressack (???) , a really chunky head cheese

Leberknodlen , liver dumpling in broth.

#11 Comment By John Mark On June 16, 2017 @ 9:47 am

Is someone wearing a “Laurus” themed t-shirt?

[NFR: That’s my son. Not Laurus-themed, but it looks like it, doesn’t it? — RD]

#12 Comment By State U. Prof On June 16, 2017 @ 10:26 am

If you’d like a break from German food, you can get a wonderful Italian lunch at Il Grappolo on Adalbertstrasse (near LMU and in a great area).

#13 Comment By Christoph Allin On June 16, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

‘I am just the wurst’

Deine Wurst is mir wurscht.

#14 Comment By Christoph Allin On June 16, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

*ist mir

#15 Comment By Name On June 16, 2017 @ 4:01 pm

Hello Mr. Dreher,

I am a long-time reader of your blog, although not a regular one anymore. At some point, it became too pessimistic, or perhaps I stopped being a pessimist. What keeps me coming back to the blog are the links to interesting articles and books. Thank you for sharing all so many ideas. (And: Please, excuse my English.)

As a German (although with a so-called “migration background”) I would like to welcome you in Europe and Germany. Perhaps you will visit some masses, perhaps some catholic ones. I am living in a typicall West German city, and what I usually see, while I am standing in one of the last rows, is a lot of gray hair. A large percentage of the German visitors are old. But there are also two or three young German families, who come regularly. (In the period before the first communion there are more young families, as the children have to attend mass. But soon after the first communion most of them stop coming.) But then there are migrants. And I can’t stop to think that this is not a bad thing. Our priests are from Poland, they are monks and have a little monastery in our city, and they understand that they have to treat us as the unbelievers that we in many cases are, that they have to be fishers of men, and that it is about faith, not rules. There seems to be an ethnonational crisis in the West, but when I think about the religious crisis I have hope. I see fresh green leaves of grass in an old and beautiful, but very neglected garden.

The monks live in a very small monastery, they chose what one could call the Benedict option. Their choice and the monastery are very important. But the monks are not withdrawing from the city: they live, pray and work among unbelievers. As for the rest of us, I have the feeling that we simply don’t have the right to withdraw from the mainstream society. It’s a feeling, and I couldn’t give you arguments, except perhaps: The faithful few have a function for the many, (see Joseph Ratzinger: Auf dem Weg zur kleinen Herde, in: Vatican Magazin, Heft 6/7 (2012)), and there is Matthew 5:13-16. (In Europe there is no understanding of Matthew of 5:13-16 in a political or nationalistic sense, as much as I know. I understand it like this: you don’t have the right to lock away the salt or put the burning light under the vessel. Even the small lights are important in the night.)

But I understand that one can be pessimistic. I was pessimistic myself. I don’t know if my children will be Catholics when they leave home. I accept all the doubts and questions they express. In the end, it is not about good arguments or ideas, but about faith – and love, as God is love.

Kind regards