• Jesus himself did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross; he waited until one of them turned to him

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • When all is said and done, the life of faith is nothing if not an unending struggle of the spirit with every available weapon against the flesh

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. 'The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared' (Luther)

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Nothing that we despise in other men is inherently absent from ourselves. We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or don't do, and more in light of what they suffer

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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