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The Mystery of Holy Night

"With God dwells joy, and down from God it comes, seizing mind, soul and body; and where this joy has grasped a human being, it spreads, it carries away, it bursts through closed doors" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

On the early morning of April 9, 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was murdered by the Nazis in the concentration camp of Flossenbürg. There his life of 39 years ended, but the power of his faith stays with us through his life's story and through his many writings. Whether coming from a pulpit or from his prison cell, the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer speak with an authenticity and passion that moves us still today. He knew what he was talking about when from the Berlin prison he wrote to his parents in Advent, 1943: "God turns to the very places from which humans tend to turn away." Bonhoeffer truly believed that his faith has made him "part of the Christian community that breaks down all spatial and temporal frontiers." For him, the walls of prison had lost their meaning.

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