Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Nonviolent to the Core

In actuality everything the Gospels say depends on the fact that here a person appeared who himself was completely free and did not need to see anyone as his rival; a person who permitted every other person his or her own freedom and exercised no compulsion on them. Because he was nonviolent to the core, he could speak with absolute truth and no deception, of God as his father, and leave a transformed world along the way he trod. Only because people instinctively knew that no one had anything to fear from him could they abandon their own security and allow those otherwise suppressed possibilities in their hearts to bloom.

Norbert Lohfink, Church Dreams: Talking Against the Grain (1999)

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