German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born on this day in 1906. Executed by the Nazis in April of 1945 as a part of the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler (18 months after he was imprisoned for aiding the German resistance as a courier, and helping German Jews escape Germany, while using his membership in the Abwehr as cover). The following Bonhoeffer quote was included in Letters and Papers From Prison, published in 1951:

“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.”

Indeed.

Pillars of Creation courtesy of NASA.

Advertisements