Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Triune Life-Giving Love




Hans Urs von Balthasar on Trinitarian "dying":

"When the Father surrenders himself unreservedly to the Son, and when, in turn, the Father and Son surrender themselves similarly to the Holy Spirit, do we not find here the archetype of the most beautiful dying in the midst of eternal life? Is this final state of 'not wanting to be for oneself' not precisely the prerequisite for the most blessed life? Into this most living 'higher dying' our own wretched dying is taken up and resolved, so that everything human. . . is thenceforth securely integrated into a life that no longer knows any limits." ---Credo: Meditations on the Apostles' Creed (New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1990), 59.

2 comments:

Dim bulb said...

Sorry, Mister Barber, but I cannot grasp what Von Balthasar is getting at here. Could you help me out with a brief description of how you understand the statement? Are we to mirror the Trinity by serving others? Is that the point?

cranky said...

Where's the best place to start with Balthasar to gain access to his thought? Does he have a Cliff Notes somewhere?