Friday, April 14, 2006
Holy Week 1815 - Then and Now
In his novel Holy Week, Louis Aragon narrated fateful days in the history of France. In the introduction,translator Haakon Chevalier wrote: "Holy Week in the year 1815. March 19th to 25th. Seven days. Easter week, that year, occurring just at the point when winter turns into spring. . . .
- It is a time of upheaval, a time of decision. One of those moments of history when irrevocable choices must be made--"a tide in the affairs of men," as Shakespeare says, "which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries . . ."
It has been a tradition for me to join a group of friends for a long hike on Easter Sunday. After that we return to JHL's place in Palo Alto for lunch. For us in the San Francisco Bay area, it is an unusual spring. The forecast is for rain on Sunday. We shall probably have to forego the pleasure of the walk. There will be talk about family members who are absent,about friends,and the state of the world. All of us will think about peace just like millions of others who will attend Easter service in a place of worship.