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Hans Urs Von Balthasar

Datum narození: 12. srpen 1905
Datum úmrtí: 26. červen 1988

Hans Urs von Balthasar (12. srpna 1905 Lucern – 26. června 1988 Basilej) byl švýcarský katolický teolog, považovaný za jednoho z nejvýznamnějších teologů 20. století.


„Celý život čekáme na výjimečného člověka místo toho, abychom obyčejné lidi okolo nás změnili na výjimečné.“

„Pokora není žádná ctnost, nýbrž poznání, že nám veškerá ctnost schází.“


„V manželství bývá nejednou vítězem ten, kdo se jím nezdá.“

„Bůh je věčně mladý a potřebuje lidi, kteří jeho temperament vyzařují.“

„What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.“ Prayer

„It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.“ Unless You Become Like This Child

„We no longer dare to believe in beauty and we make of it a mere appearance in order the more easily to dispose of it. Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance. We can be sure that whoever sneers at her name as if she were the ornament of a bourgeois past -- whether he admits it or not -- can no longer pray and soon will no longer be able to love.“ Seeing the Form

„To be a child means to owe one's existence to another, and even in our adult life we never quite reach the point where we no longer have to give thanks for being the person we are.“ Unless You Become Like This Child


„Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.“

„The Church does not dispense the sacrament of baptism in order to acquire for herself an increase in membership but in order to consecrate a human being to God and to communicate to that person the divine gift of birth from God.“ Unless You Become Like This Child

„God defines himself as "I am who I am", which also means: My being is such that I shall always be present in every moment of becoming.“ Unless You Become Like This Child

„Above all we must not wish to cling to our suffering. Suffering surely deepens us and enhances our person, but we must not desire to become a deeper self than God wills. To suffer no longer can be a beautiful, perhaps the ultimate sacrifice.“


„What the Father gives is the capacity to be a self, freedom, and thus autonomy, but an autonomy which can be understood only as a surrender of self to the other.“ Unless You Become Like This Child

„In Christ, for the first time, we see that in God himself there exists--within his inseparable unity--the distinction between the Father who gives and the Gift which is given (the Son), but only in the unity of the Holy Spirit.“ Unless You Become Like This Child

„Man is the creature with a mystery in his heart that is bigger than himself.“ Prayer

„Only the Christian religion, which in its essence is communicated by the eternal child of God, keeps alive in its believers the lifelong awareness of their being children, and therefore of having to ask and give thanks for things.“ Unless You Become Like This Child

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