Unless You Become Like This Child with Sr. Gill Goulding, C.J., Ph.D. pt. 1 – “Balthasar: Beauty, Goodness, Truth” Podcast
Unless You Become Like This Child with Sr. Gill Goulding, C.J., Ph.D. – pt. 1
With Sr. Gill Goulding, C.J., Ph.D., we discuss one of the last books written by Hans Urs Von Balthasar on the theme of spiritual childhood.
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.
From the book description:
All else in the Gospel—the Lord’s Incarnation, his hidden and public lives with their silences, miracles and preaching, his Passion, Cross and Resurrection: all else has been for this.
After giving us the numerous weighty tomes comprising the theological trilogy, von Balthasar, as a kind of last will and testament, proclaims to a self-important and dreadfully earnest generation of contemporaries that only that person is lastingly wise, thoroughly fulfilled, who allows God’s mercy to give him second birth and surround him for good with maternal care. The profound and technical knower of the Fathers of the Church and all Western philosophy and theology reveals himself gladly in the end as a humble disciple of … the Little Flower, Thérèse of the Child Jesus!
Readers will be particularly interested in von Balthasar’s analysis of the role the Mother of Jesus plays in the Christian’s progress toward full spiritual childhood, as well as in the analogy he develops between the insights of early-childhood psychology and the life of Christian childlikeness, which is paradoxically the highest maturity possible to man.
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