Tag Archives: Hans Urs von Balthasar

Secularized Messianism

In the middle of the last century, Hans Urs von Balthasar worried that the West was “preparing highly developed civilizations for a degenerate materialistic and nihilistic form of Western thought, which expresses the resentments of the inventors of this secularized … Continue reading

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Faith has set its mark on history…

Hans Urs von Balthasar, quoting Reinhold Schneider: “Faith has set it mark on history to such an extent that man has no longer any other choice than that of being a servant or an enemy of the faith, one cannot … Continue reading

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When earthly certainty sees decline and doom as inevitable …

“[The power of faith] becomes most visible where the secular power begins to dwindle, where earthly certainty sees decline and doom as inevitable. It is here that its line intersects the sinking human curve and draws up out of it … Continue reading

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The Theodrama

“The Holy Spirit reveals to each age that side of the divine truth which has been specially reserved for it, if the age strives for it in prayer. And this truth does not then lie in some out-of-the-way corner that … Continue reading

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Sacrificial subjects

“While regretting the absence of great figures in our time, we must not forget the army of those nameless ones who suffer in silence, who have offered, and are still offering, a burnt sacrifice that is generally overlooked, in war … Continue reading

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The Act of Contemplation

In whatever ‘fire storms’ one finds oneself in these days (and we have just come through another literal one here in Sonoma County) the following from Hans Urs Von Balthasar is offered to assist in finding freedom from our fears … Continue reading

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Becoming worthy of the beauty of Being

Recently some friends of the Cornerstone Forum spent an hour with Gil Bailie in a group Skype call in which Gil shared a short draft excerpt from his current writing project. The excerpt was entitled ‘Conversion’ and introduced two examples. … Continue reading

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a solitary Christian…without earthly hope

Rereading what Hans Urs von Balthasar (quoting in passing Dietrich Bonhoeffer) has written brings to mind the role that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is now performing for the Church and the world. “There are moments when a solitary Christian undergoes … Continue reading

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Keeping Faith & Breaking Ground Episode 3: Nothing Remains Intact Without Effort

It is not safe to entrust a doctrinal treasure to the passivity of memory. Intelligence must play a part in its conservation, rediscovering it, so to speak, in the process. Fr. Henri de Lubac, S.J. Recorded in August 2009 at … Continue reading

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Love your neighbor as yourself…

“In vain we shall search the world before Christ for this kind of outlook of man on his fellow man; we shall find it neither in Plato, who speaks nobly of Eros, nor in the treatises of Aristotle and Cicero … Continue reading

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