Sunday, February 12, 2012

Speech of Cardinal von Galen Bishop of Muenster, Germany in 1941




Speech of Cardinal von Galen Bishop of

Muenster, Germany in 1941 against the NSDAP

(Nazi Party in Germany)



'We are the anvil not the hammer'

Be hard, remain firm! We are in this instant not

the hammer, but the anvil. Others, usually

enemies and those who have turned their back

on the faith, hammer on us, want to re-form our

people, us, our youth, with use of force to bend

us away from the direct relationship with God.

We are the anvil, not the hammer. But see also,

the smithy! Ask the master smith and he will say

to you: What is forged on the anvil, receives its

form not only from the hammer, but also from

the anvil.

The anvil cannot and does not need to also

strike back, it must only be firm, only be hard! If

it is sufficiently firm, tough, hard, then as usual

the anvil outlasts the hammer. The anvil stands

in calm firmness and will stand for a long time to

form what lies against it no matter how violently

the hammer strikes.

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