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Advent of the Heart: Seasonal Sermons And Prison Writings 1941-1944 [Paperback]

By Alfred Delp (Author) & Abtei St. Walburg (Translator)
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Pages   233
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.98" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2006
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  1586170813  
EAN  9781586170813  

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Fr. Alfred Delp was a German Jesuit priest who was imprisoned in Berlin. At the time of his arrest, he was the Rector of St. Georg Church in Munich, and had a reputation for being a gripping, dynamic preacher, and one who was an outspoken critic of the Nazi regime. He was an important figure in the Resistance movement against Nazism. Accused of conspiring against the Nazi government, he was arrested in 1944, tortured, imprisoned, and executed on Feb 2, 1945. While in prison, Fr. Delp was able to write a few meditations found in this book, which also includes his powerful reflections from prison during the Advent season about the profound spiritual meaning and lessons of Advent, as well as his sermons he gave on the season of Advent at his parish in Munich. These meditations were smuggled out of Berlin and read by friends and parishioners of St. Georg in Munich. His approach to Advent, the season that prepares us for Christmas, is what Fr. Delp called an "Advent of the heart." More than just preparing us for Christmas, it is a spiritual program, a way of life. He proclaimed that our personal, social and historical circumstances, even suffering, offer us entry into the true Advent, our personal journey toward a meeting and dialogue with God. Indeed, his own life, and great sufferings, illustrated the true Advent he preached and wrote about. From his very prison cell he presented a timeless spiritual message, and in an extreme situation, his deep faith gave him the courage to draw closer to God, and to witness to the truth even at the cost of his own life. These meditations will challenge and inspire all Christians to embark upon that same spiritual journey toward union with God, a journey that will transform our lives.

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The Eternal Advent  Jul 19, 2007
'Advent is a time of being deeply shaken, so that man will wake up to himself.' This is the message of Father Alfred Delp, a German Jesuit who perished in a Nazi prison shortly before the end of World War II. Readers of this book are bound to be shaken up themselves, when they recognize the courage of the man and the relevance of his teaching.

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. (When he stated, for example, that one cannot 'raise a hand' against God's law and providence, his parishioners would have recognized an allusion to the Nazi salute.) The anonymous translator from St. Walburg's Abbey in Eichstaett, Germany, has provided a smooth and readable English version--a real achievement, considering the density of the text.

In the forward to this edition, Father Adolf Kreuser ranks Delp among 'the great "prophets" who comprehended the horror of Nazism and handed down a message to our times, insofar as our times are still able to comprehend and process prophetic words.' It is important that we make the effort to comprehend them. For while Nazism destroyed itself, the spiritual disease that Father Delp detected behind it has not gone away--and neither has the cure.

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