In the 12 months before his death on June 26, 1988, Hans Urs von Balthasar had been writing a series of reflections on the 12 articles of the Apostles' Creed. They appeared, as they were being written, in the pastoral...
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In the 12 months before his death on June 26, 1988, Hans Urs von Balthasar had been writing a series of reflections on the 12 articles of the Apostles' Creed. They appeared, as they were being written, in the pastoral bulletins of a number of German dioceses. Although he himself may not have conceived of them as such, these texts, which are undoubtedly among the last things he wrote, take on the character of a spiritual testament. For they amount in their compactness and depth to a little summa of his theology. What he had set out in detail in numerous books over five decades, he summarises here in contemplative plainess and simplicity.
Hans Urs von Balthasar (August 12, 1905-June 26, 1988) was a Swiss theologian and was nominated to be a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church but died two days before his consecration.Balthasar is perhaps most well known for his works in three parts (his Trilogy): The Glory of the Lord, a 7-volume work on 'theological aesthetics' (a theology of belief based on contemplation of the good, the beautiful, and the true). One of the often quoted passages from the entire Trilogy comes from the First Volume The Glory of the Lord: I Seeing the Form:Before the beautiful no, not really before but within the beautiful the whole person quivers. He not only 'finds' the beautiful moving; rather, he experiences himself as being moved and possessed by it.
- Introduction, Medard Kehl
- I Believe In God The Father Almighty
- And In Jesus Christ, His Only Son Our Lord
- Conceived By The Holy Spirit, Born Of The Virgin Mary
- Suffered Under Pontius Pilate, Died And Was Buried, Descended Into Hell
- The Third Day Arose Again From The Dead
- Ascended Into Heaven, He Sits At The Right Hand Of God Almighty
- From Thence He Shall Come To Judge The Living And The Dead
- I Believe In The Holy Spirit
- I Believe In The Holy Catholic Church, The Communion Of Saints
- The Forgiveness Of Sins
- The Resurrection Of The Body
- And Life Everlasting, Amen
- Prayer For The Spirit.