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When it comes to meditation the decisive question, according to Hans Urs von Balthasar, is whether God has spoken or "whether the Absolute remains the Silence beyond all words". Christianity claims God has spoken, and spoken fully, in his Son, the Word made flesh. While God remains mysterious, he is not utterly unknown or unknowable.
Von Balthasar insists through Christian meditation we enter with mind and heart into God's self-disclosure. In Jesus, God reveals his own inner depths to us. At the same time, because Jesus is God-made-man, he also reveals our inner depths to ourselves.
is at once a book about what meditation is, in light of God's revelation, and a book that assists believers to meditate
. In a treatment that is both fresh and profound, von Balthasar describes the central elements of all Christian meditation, provides a guide for meditation and then points the way to the union that prayer achieves in the footsteps of Mary, within the Church and in and for the world.
"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."
- Hans Urs von Balthasar
Hans Urs von Balthasar
(1905-88) was a Swiss theologian, and widely considered to be one of the most important Catholic theologians and spiritual writers of the twentieth century. Incredibly prolific and diverse, he wrote over one hundred books, including Prayer
, Heart of the World
, Mysterium Paschale
, Love Alone is Credible
, and his major 7-volume work of theological aesthetics, Glory of the Lord