Living Completely in the World

bonhoeffer-standing

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

The past week I have shared by thoughts about faith and doubt, and life, and I have been taking some time to recharge my batteries so to speak after all the turmoil; that which was within me, and that which keeps coming at us all in the media.

Not long before he was killed at the Flossenberg Concentration Camp, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote,

“I discovered later, and I’m still discovering right up to this moment that is it only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures. In so doing we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world. That, I think, is faith.”

To live unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes, and failures; I guess that is another aspect of faith.

I should be writing some more about current events in relation to history in the coming days and as more of my Civil War and Gettysburg text is ready you will see some of that as well, and maybe even some other history that still matters today.

Peace

Padre Steve+

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