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Epiphany 1945: the Law of Grace

This meditation by Alfred Delp on grace before his trial evokes in me the maxim “the truth shall set you free.” And the truth that liberates a person is not the initiative of the person, but is a response to … Continue reading

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Epiphany 1945: the Law of the Wilderness

It has been said that the definitive image of a Christian is that of a person on trial–of a man or a woman who takes Christ seriously enough to be left on the fringe of society. This is not the … Continue reading

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Epiphany 1945 and the Law of Freedom

Epiphany 1945 [Tegel Prison, Berlin] It may be possible to find an hour to think today. How many things there are to think about and what contrasts they present. The feast itself with its rich symbolism; the emergence of God … Continue reading

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The People Who Are Not at the Crib

The People Who Are Not at the Crib [Tegel Prison, Berlin, Christmas 1944]   Even those who are not at there have a message for us and a judgment to give if only to make us realize what it is … Continue reading

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The People of Christmas: Figures Linked with the Feast

A friend of mine remarked that today is” one of the saddest feast of the Christian year, just to remind us of one aspect of the world God accepted to come and inhabit…”   The feast of the Holy Innocents … Continue reading

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The People of Christmas: Figures Linked with the Feast

These next three Christmas excerpts from Alfred Delp concern his prison meditations on the liturgical feasts of St. Stephen, the Holy Innocents of Bethlehem, and St. Thomas of Canterbury. It is interesting that these three feasts of martyrdom during the … Continue reading

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The People of Christmas: Those Round the Crib

The Figures of Christmas [Tegel Prison, Berlin, Christmas 1944] Life with God and in God has its own laws and we cannot discover what they are from a reference book. Yet the conditions for their fulfillment are very straightforward and … Continue reading

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