The Herb Of Grace

Theology and Poetry, Politics and Prose

Monday, March 30th in the Season of Lent March 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joel @ 5:04 am

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a famous German pastor, theologian, and pacifist who was murdered in a Nazi concentration camp.  He shares this insight about community which, without a doubt, influenced both Henri Nouwen and Jean Vanier’s own thinking.

“Let him who cannot be alone beware of community….Let him who is not in community beware of being alone….Each by itself has profound pitfalls and perils.  One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abyss of vanity, self-infatuation, and despair.”

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One Response to “Monday, March 30th in the Season of Lent”

  1. Sam Says:

    You wouldn’t happen to know the source for this quote would you Joel?


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