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Friday, May 19, 2006

Free For Each Other Today, The Da Vinci Code will finally be released. But I would like to note that this year marks the centenary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's birth. I trust that, as time passes, we will find ourselves giving more attention to Bonhoeffer and less to Dan Brown. Here is today's reflection from A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Daily Meditations from His Letters, Writings, and Sermons, edited by Carla Barnhill: "The truth shall set you free" (John 8:32). Not our deed, not our courage or strength, not our people, not our truth, but God's truth alone. Why? Because to be free does not mean to be great in the world, to be free against our brothers and sisters, to be free against God; but it means to be free from ourselves, from our untruth, in which it seems as if I alone were there, as if I were the center of the world; to be free from the hatred with which I destroy God's creation; to be free from myself in order to be free for others. God's truth alone allows me to see others. It directs my attention, bent in on myself, to what is beyond and shows me the other person. And, as it does this, I experience the love and the grace of God. It destroys our untruth and creates truth. It destroys hatred and creates love. God's truth is God's love, and God's love frees us from ourselves to be free for others. To be free means nothing else than to be in this love, and to be in this love means nothing else than to be in God's truth. - from A Testament to Freedom 206

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