One thing is as clear and perceptible to me as it is precious: the world is so full of God. From all the pores of things He swells, as it were, towards us. But we are often blind. We stay in the good and the bad hours and do not experience them through to the fountain point, where they flow out of God. That applies to everything beautiful and also to misery. In all, God wants to celebrate encounter and asks and wants the adoring, devoted response. The art and the task is only to make and learn lasting awareness and concrete attitude from these insights and graces. Then life becomes free in the freedom we have always sought."
Father Alfred Delp (SJ)
On November 17, 1944, Father Alfred Delp wrote a coded message with his hands bound, out of his cell in the Berlin-Tegel prison. After his death on February 2, 1945, his ashes were scattered to the winds on Hitler's personal orders.
During the detention, the Gestapo made him the offer of "release in return for his withdrawal from the Order," which was rejected by Father Delp. He was able to make his last solemn vow in custody on December 8, 1944, to a fellow brother who visited him on behalf of the Provincial of the Society of Jesus.