Tag Archives: Hans Urs von Balthasar

More on the Epistemology of Faith . . .

During his 40 days in the desert, Jesus was tempted to do things that would make the truth of his claims and the meaning of his existence irrefutable. He declined. His followers down through the centuries have sometimes tried to … Continue reading

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The Science of Facts & The Epistemology of Truth

A number of very smart people have made very conspicuous fools of themselves lately by not recognizing a truth expressed with such lapidary economy by Benedict XVI in his marvelous book, Jesus of Nazareth: The highest truths cannot be forced … Continue reading

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A Remedy for Sentimentality

  A decade ago Elizabeth Bailie, Gil Bailie’s wife, was called from this life to the next. Her passing has left those who know her with both a sense of loss and tremendous gratitude for the gift of her life. … Continue reading

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Winners & Losers…

“There is a secret gnawing certainty that tells us that in success there is always a residue of impurity, in victory always a residue of coarseness … that there is and can be complete purity only in misfortune, and that … Continue reading

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Destiny…Man’s and God’s Kingdom

Where others saw only superficial politics, Bernanos saw man’s eternal destiny and, indeed, the destiny of God’s Kingdom at stake. Just as an individual sins, plunges into the abyss, undergoes conversion, and confesses his wrongdoing, so too a country in … Continue reading

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Pointing Beyond…

Christ’s Cross is indeed not one historical fact among others to which a natural process can more or less arbitrarily be related: it is the fundamental, ontological presupposition of all natural processes that all, knowingly or not, intrinsically signify or … Continue reading

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Poverty

The great Catholic theologian, Hans Urs von Balthasar, quoting in passing the great Catholic novelist and essayist, George Bernanos: “The worst thing is that the rich have dishonored the poor in a new way: they have absorbed the poor into … Continue reading

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Utopia

“Those who advocate Utopia presume that they can become fathers of the future without having been children of the past.” – Hans Urs von Balthasar

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The Church is the place

“The Church is the place where the process of conforming humanity to the person and event of Christ is begun, the place where men dedicate themselves, in a faith that listens and obeys, to this event that is a person, … Continue reading

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