Christian Herwartz with Sabine Wollowski: bridge. Of the worker priests to the brother, edition steinrich 2013 Jesuits we think nowadays of abuse scandals than to people who stand up for minorities and politically persecuted. But Christian Herwartz is just such a man. He has never withdrawn as a Jesuit monastery walls. He has worked as labourers in factories and founded the community became now far beyond Berlin, known in the Naunynstrasse in Kreuzberg, where he lives for more than 35 years; He is involved in work with refugees and other socially little tolerated people; He supports people their inner voice, following their longing and more to live through retreats on the road in. And he engaged in dealing with the sexual abuse of power in children and adolescents in Christian institutions and beyond.
Until today, I stand with one leg in a world and the second in another. As a worker, I discovered solidarity with my fellow and common commitment. As a priest, I remember the life-force familiar to and the loving invitation of Jesus. The bridge leads me also in other social sectors? in the district, in jail, for foreigners without papers to young adults. My fellow challenge me to address them in the interplay of living and involvement in equality as a brother. “The bridge is me to the image for the way of the incarnation”, as the author describes, what bridge be for him “means.
That Herwartz completely dogmatic lives and is committed to freedom, justice and humanity, is in the following words remarkably expressed: in Berlin I live now for 35 years in an international apartment together with two older Jesuits among people from many countries. For more information see this site: Amazon. (u0085) So one can not live yet! I heard this scream of horror again and again. In a bedroom with seven beds I shared my life with people from many cultures around the world. I may drop me there with confidence. A gift, I think, a life in largely openness. You scares many people. A community without rules? How to do that? But there is yet a rule: don’t ask the other where he comes; tell better about yourself and wait till he confident about yourself can talk. To protect this conversation, police have no rights in our apartment. (u0085) As we allow no television cameras, because not every encounter is intended for the wide public.” In his new, highly personal book, that was created in collaboration with Sabine Wollowski, he describes all of these facets of life as a process of incarnation, in which social commitment and spirituality make a unit.