“It is as if the fact that God is light, penetrating and manifesting everything, is so absolutely important that darkness and bondage can and must exist for the light’s sake.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar
“There will never be beings unloved by God, since God is absolute love.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar
“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.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar
“Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar
“It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar
On the Day of Pentecost, a Spirit-filled group of the disciples of Jesus were driven into the street to speak words that testified to Christ. When they opened their mouths, the languages of many nations became audible. Each heard their native tongue. It was not that none of them could communicate before. They all spoke Greek, maybe Latin and certainly Hebrew. Yet, God’s voice came to them in the wonderful diversity in which God had made them. More important was what the Spirit’s language was about: it was about the love, mercy and grace of God. That is the language of the Spirit. In our age, language divides and spreads hate; language puts a price on everything and judges. The Spirit sends us into the street to speak a language that testifies to Jesus.
copyright © Timothy V. Olson, 2018
“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar