God’s territory

A NY Times piece recounts the work of two men of the cloth, one Protestant, one Catholic, who ministered to the likes of Hermann Goering and Rudolph Hess during the war crime trials at Nuremburg Prison in 1946. Both were later reviled for ministering to such evil, but both persevered in their work to save even those souls.

The Catholic, Rev. Richard O’Connor, died in his sleep in 1983. One of his students, Rev. Brian Jordan, recalled later that his mentor often had nightmares of the work he did – both at Nuremberg and in the concentration camps during the liberation – and among the lessons he passed along was this:

“Jordan, you may absolve them of their sins, but don’t ever absolve them of their actions.”

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About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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2 Responses to God’s territory

  1. Bacardi61 says:

    Wow – this blog (which was/is great) has been deader than dead for quite a long time now. Suddenly resurrected. Methinks there must be another book or something else requiring publicity in the offing.

    • lifegrower says:

      Actually, I began it as a repository for everything that fell out of my brain onto paper — possibly as fodder for another book — and now the unfinished book, “A Song of the Soil,” is in my agent’s hands, shopping for a publisher. I’ve retired from feeding the farmers’ markets and restaurants, and finally have time to write again. Publicity is tertiary. Mostly I love doing this.

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