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Hans Urs von Balthasar – 9 Quotes

 

9 Quotes by Hans Urs von Balthasar

 

Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient world refused to understand itself, a word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably has bid farewell to our new world, a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness.

– Hans Urs von Balthasar


It is, finally, a word is untimely in three different senses, and bearing it as one’s treasure will not win one anyone’s favours one rather risks finding oneself outside everyone’s camp… Beauty is the word that shall be our first.

– Hans Urs von Balthasar


Not longer loved or fostered by religion, beauty is lifted from its face as a mask, and its absence exposes features on that face which threaten to become incomprehensible to man.

– Hans Urs von Balthasar


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.

– Hans Urs von Balthasar


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.

– Hans Urs von Balthasar


But the issue is not only life and death but our existence before God and our being judged by him. All of us were sinners before him and worthy of condemnation.

– Hans Urs von Balthasar


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

– Hans Urs von Balthasar


To be sure, the response of faith to revelation, which God grants to the creature he chooses and moves with his love, occurs in such a way that it is truly the creature that provides the response, with its own nature and its natural powers of love.

– Hans Urs von Balthasar


Whoever removes the Cross and its interpretation by the New Testament from the center, in order to replace it, for example, with the social commitment of Jesus to the oppressed as a new center, no longer stands in continuity with the apostolic faith.

– Hans Urs von Balthasar