Introduction – an excerpt from Christian Meditation

An excerpt from the section entitled

“Introduction” from  Christian Meditation by Hans Urs von Balthasar

The dimensions of Christian meditation develop from God’s having completed his self-revelation in two directions: God speaks out of his own depths and, speaking as a man, he discloses at the same time the depths of man. Christian meditation can begin only where God reveals himself as a man and, consequently, where this man reveals God to his very depths. Hence this point of departure may not be bypassed. And this meditation can take place only where the revealing man, God’s Son, Jesus Christ, reveals God as his Father: in the Holy Spirit of God, whom he truly communicates to us so that in this Spirit given to us we may join in probing God’s depths, which only God’s Spirit probes -“But we have received the Spirit who is from God so that we may realize what God has given us” (1 Cor 2:12).  

Consequently, Christian meditation is entirely trinitarian and at the same time entirely human. In order to find God, no one need reject being human personally or socially, but in order to find God all must see the world and themselves in the Holy Spirit as they are in God’s sight.

  Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Christian Meditation. Ignatius Press. Kindle Edition.

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