Saturday, May 20, 2006


From a small collection of daily Dietrich Bonhoeffer readings called The Narrow Path (edited by Aileen Taylor, foreword by Edwin Robertson) which I picked up on holiday in a small bookshop in Fowey, Cornwall:

"The cross is the only power in the world which proves that suffering love can avenge and vanquish evil... It looked as though evil had triumphed on the cross, but the real victory belonged to Jesus. Jesus calls those who follow him to share his passion. How can we convince the world by our precahing of the passion when we shrink from that passion in our own lives? ... Jesus addresses his disciples as [those] who have left all to follow him, and the precept of non-violence applies equally to private life and official duty." (The Cost of Discipleship, pp. 127-30)

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