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Author QuotedAlfred Delp S.J.
Title QuotedPrison Meditations of Father Alfred Delp
Date (Year/Month/Day)1962/09/26
ImprintNew York : [s.n.]. 1963
QuotationReading the magnificent Prison Meditations of Fr. Delp. In ms. I am to write the preface for Herder and Herder. Superb, powerful material. Totally different from the rather depressing false optimism of our establishment. Here a true optimism of one who really sees through the evil and irreligion of our condition and finds himself in Christ-through poverty, crying out from the abyss, answered and rescued by the Spirit..... Delp says: "Of course the Church still has skillful apologists, clever and compelling preachers, wise leaders; but the simple confidence that senses the right course and proceeds to act on it is just not there."
Quotation SourceTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 250-51
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