from the Prison Notebooks of the Jesuit martyr, Alfred Delp (executed in Berlin, the 2nd of February, 1945):
“Advent is the time for rousing. Man is shaken to the very depths, so that he may wake up to the truth of himself. The primary condition for a fruitful and rewarding Advent is renunciation, surrender. Man must let go all his mistaken dreams, his conceited poses and arrogant gestures, all the pretenses with which he hopes to deceive himself and others. If he fails to do this, stark reality may take hold of him and rouse him forcibly in a way that will entail both anxiety and suffering.
Life can be difficult for those who don’t fall in line and bow to the religion of the day, the Barabbas of the moment…