Because of your longing…

A Young Lady Reclining After a Bath – Muhammad Mu’min, 1590′


Oh God,
it is because of your longing, that I am on the earth,
and because of my longing, that I rise.


attar-of-neishabur-commons-wikimedia-orgAbū Hamīd bin Abū Bakr Ibrāhīm
(ca. 1110 – 1221, ابو حامد ابن ابوبکر ابراهیم),
more famous by his pen-names
„Farīd ud-Dīn“ (فریدالدین) and „‘Attār“ (عطار – „the perfumer“),
was a Persian Muslim poet, mystical philosopher
and hagiographer from Nishapur, who had an
immense and lasting influence on Persian poetry and Sufism.




Baba Yetu – The Lord’s Prayer in Swahili

Baba Yetu uliye mbinguni,
Jina lako litukuzwe;
Ufalme wako ufike,
Utakalo lifanyike
Duniani kama mbinguni.
Utupe leo mkate wetu wa kila siku,
Utusamehe makosa yetu,
Kama nasi tunavyowasamehe waliotukosea.
Usitutie katika kishawishi,
Lakini utuopoe maovuni.



Das Reich Gottes

Religiöses Faltblatt auf dem Boden eines Bahnhofs. Text:
„Das Reich Gottes – Was ist damit gemeint?
Ist es…
etwas in uns?
etwas unrealistisches?
eine Regierung im Himmel?

Was damit gemeint ist? Vielleicht: Dort wo ich stehe?!?!?

Religious flyer on the floor of a trainstation. Text on it:
„The Kingdom of God – What is meant by that?
Is it…
something in us?
something unrealistic?
a government in heaven?

What by that is meant? Maybe: Where I’am standing?!?!?


GOD – Beggar

Fifth section of the Hungry Ghosts Scroll (Kyoto National Museum, late 12th century,
Fifth section of the Hungry Ghosts Scroll
Kyoto National Museum, late 12th century


One shouldn’t make
a beggar of God,
only see in every beggar.

Barbara-Paraprem – 20./21.4.2016

(At midnight during the Perpetual Adoration
resp. the exposed Most Holy Sacrament
in the St. Michaels Chapel)


Man sollte Gott
nicht zum Bettler machen,
nur in jedem Bettler sehen.

(Um Mitternacht bei der Ewigen Anbetung
bzw. dem ausgesetzten Allerheiligsten
in der St. Michaelskapelle)


Prayers and Miracles

Pietà (Detail, Liebfrauen, Zurich) © Barbara- Paraprem, 2015
Pietà (Detail, Liebfrauen, Zurich) © Barbara-Paraprem, 2015


Prayers and Miracles

Not every miracle for which I have prayed,
I received.
And I don’t understand that,
as well as I don’t understand God or myself.
Miracles that I really needed,
on which would have been absolutely nothing,
that would not have been a great blessing to all those involved.
But still I know:
Prayers help and can work miracles.
Why it works sometimes,
also in a extremely surprising way,
in a manner, in which I would have never expected,
and at other times not: I don’t know.
All I know: prayers can work miracles.