Thursday, May 28, 2009

The importance of listening

Artist: Camille Pissarro
Image from Wikimedia Commons

This has long been one of my favorite Bonhoeffer quotations:
Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking where they should be listening. But he who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God, either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God, too. This is the beginning of the death of the spiritual life, and in the end there will be nothing left but spiritual chatter and clerical condescension arrayed in pious words ... never really speaking to others.


  1. A profound quotation - thank you for sharing it.

  2. Thanks, Sunshine Sister. I agree.

    And thanks for visiting. I hope you come back!


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