Tuesday, August 23, 2011

the collision of truth and life

“When revelation engages in dialogue with the seeking human being, it leaves him with all his—often contradictory—approaches; it does not compel him to follow a single path of thought that alone brings salvation. It also leaves him with his contradictory feelings; to their confused tangle it only offers its simple message: God loves the world; he loves you personally and has demonstrated it in Jesus Christ. In saying this, it has uttered what is decisive, even if these words have infinite implications that the hearer will realize at an appropriate time. Then, too, it will emerge that the plurality of tentative human endeavors and of real or supposed needs actually converge on the truth of this statement, without being able to anticipate it in the slightest.”

- Hans Urs von Balthasar, Truth is Symphonic, p 53

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