– By Alfred Delp. Excerpted from Alfred Delp’s diary entry for the Feast of Epiphany, January 6, 1945. 

The fate of mankind, my own fate, the verdict awaiting me, the significance of the feast, can all be summed up in the sentence surrender thyself to God and thou shalt find thyself again.

Others have you in their power now; they torture and frighten you, hound you from pillar to post. But the inner law of freedom sings that no death can kill us; life is eternal.

Pray and praise – the fundamental words of life, the steep roads to God, the doors that lead to fulfillment, the ways that lead a man to his true self.

From The Prison Meditations of Father Alfred Delp, first published in German as Im Angesicht des Todes by Verlag Josef Knechr, Carolusdruckerei, Frankfurt am Main,1958. First English edition © 1962 by Bloomsbury Publishing Co. Ltd. (New York: Herder and Herder,1963).


See a selection of prison meditations written by Alfred Delp