Hans Urs von Balthasar

“Renewal with God Before Us”

Balthasar: Beauty, Goodness, Truth

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<em>Christian Meditation</em> with  Dr. Anthony Lilles pt. 1 - "Balthasar: Beauty, Goodness, Truth" Podcast
With Dr. Anthony Lilles, we discuss the first chapter of Hans Urs von Balthasar's Christian Mediation. Balthasar: Beauty, Goodness, Truth is a series of conversations with noted theological scholars about the life and teachings of Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar who is considered to be one of the most important Catholic intellectuals and writers of the twentieth century ...
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<em>Christian Meditation</em> with  Dr. Anthony Lilles pt. 2 - "Balthasar: Beauty, Goodness, Truth" Podcast
With Dr. Anthony Lilles, we discuss section 2 of Hans Urs von Balthasar's Christian Mediation ...
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Audio and text excerpts from Christian Meditation

Introduction - an excerpt from <em>Christian Meditation</em>

Introduction – an excerpt from Christian Meditation

The dimensions of Christian meditation develop from God's having completed his self-revelation in two directions: God speaks out of his ...
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The Mediating Word 1  - an excerpt from <em>Christian Meditation</em>

The Mediating Word 1 – an excerpt from Christian Meditation

It is not we who force a knowledge of the Absolute for ourselves by means of techniques under our control ...
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The Mediating Word 2  - an excerpt from <em>Christian Meditation</em>

The Mediating Word 2 – an excerpt from Christian Meditation

Hence, basically, Christian meditation can be nothing but loving, reflective, obedient contemplation of him who is God’s self-expression. He is ...
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The Mediating Word 3  - an excerpt from <em>Christian Meditation</em>

The Mediating Word 3 – an excerpt from Christian Meditation

Everything about Jesus is Word. This includes his silence before human tribunals, his being scourged and spat upon. Above all, ...
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Introduction to Meditation 1  - an excerpt from <em>Christian Meditation</em>

Introduction to Meditation 1 – an excerpt from Christian Meditation

If we want to hear something we must prepare ourselves to perceive by being still. If we ourselves are talking, ...
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Introduction to Meditation 2  - an excerpt from <em>Christian Meditation</em>

Introduction to Meditation 2 – an excerpt from Christian Meditation

The silence required of the Christian is not fundamentally and primarily of human making. Rather, believers must realize that they ...
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 "The Mediating Word" form "Christian Meditation" Hans Urs von Balthasar.

The Light of the Holy Spirit – an excerpt from Christian Meditation

Here the close parallel between Word and sacrament makes itself felt. It would be wrong to attribute the Spirit’s work ...
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On Balthasar

Hans Urs von Balthasar has placed his vast knowledge at the service of an intellectus fidei, so that it might show to modern man the splendor of truth that emanates from Jesus Christ. . . . He has dedicated his whole life to theological research as a loving contemplation of God and a service to the Church.

From Address on the Occasion of the Conferral of the International Paul VI Prize to Hans Urs von Balthasar, June 23, 1984

I had the joy of knowing and associating with this renowned Swiss theologian. I am convinced that his theological reflections preserve their freshness and profound relevance undiminished to this day and that they incite many others to penetrate ever further into the depths of the mystery of the Faith, with such an authoritative guide leading them by the hand.

The work of Balthasar is without doubt one of the most impressive theological projects of the past hundred years. Anyone not interested in Balthasar is not interested in theology.

Late Fr. Richard J. Neuhaus, Founder and Editor, First Things

An outstanding example of Biblical theology that is both useful for the laity and faithful to the Church.

Speaking about You Have Words of Eternal Life

If prayed with and discussed openly among seminary formators, this book, Priestly Spirituality, carries the potential to reground all contemporary priestly formation in deep intimacy with the mysteries of Christ. Von Balthasar, in his usual radical way, starkly points the seminarian and priest toward Christ and His loving obedience to the Father, an intimacy that the priest must personally participate in if he is to shepherd people and lead them to life giving water.

Reading von Balthasar’s trilogy provides an extraordinary education in many of the pathways of Catholic theology, filled with important insights that cannot be found elsewhere.

Taken from The Achievement of Hans Urs von Balthasar