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Advent of the Heart: Seasonal Sermons and Prison Writings, 1941-1944 Paperback – October 30, 2006
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For English speakers, this will be the first introduction to the sermons of Father Delp, who preached in Munich parishes from 1941 until his arrest in 1944 for membership in an anti-Nazi circle. The book combines some of his Advent sermons with meditations that he scribbled while handcuffed in his prison cell. The arrangement of the texts adds to their power, as we see the insights of the preacher tested in the crucible of torture and imprisonment.
Sixty years later, Delp's reflections do not seem quaint or old-fashioned. His main theme is the power of Absolute Love to overcome the ideologies, technologies, and fashions that oppose it. Advent is an annual invitation to repentance in the deepest sense: the recognition of one's sinfulness, weakness, and dependence on God. The reader will be struck, however, by the optimism and 'humanity' of Delp's sermons, and especially of his prison writings. His faith in divine and human love remained unshakable, even when he was in the clutches of the Gestapo.
As a preacher, Delp remained close to the words of the day's Liturgy, and so the book includes the Latin and English texts of the Mass for each of the four Advent Sundays. Helpful footnotes unpack his references to forgotten catechesis (e.g., the 'four last things') and his indirect attacks on the Nazi regime.Read more ›
I found the Chronology prepared by the translator contrasting Father Delp's life of sanctity with the rise of Hitler to totalitarian power very interesting. It is quite striking because it also shows the parallels in the rise of another relatively unknown, a politician eight decades later, into the heady heights of power.
It's well worth reading.
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Great book. It was difficult to read at times and visualize the atrocities occurring but very inspirational.Published 20 months ago by youngest of six
I am very anxious to read this book because I had read some of Father Delp's letters and wanted to read more and to know more about him. This book was very reasonably priced.Published on February 14, 2014 by Judith Gribble
I was very happy at how fast the order was filled and have enjoyed reading the book. I makes me very gratiful and hopeful; even looking at where we are heading in our time.Published on January 16, 2012 by William