Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Revvin' up!

In a fit of therapeutic shopping online (most of which happens at Amazon.com with "one-click"), I hit the button and ordered a new Hans Urs von Balthasar. This one is simply Prayer and boasts such chapter headings as "The Necessity of contemplation," "Mediation by the Church," "Totality," "Flesh and Spirit," and "The Cross and Resurrection."

From the Preface:

"Contemplation's ladder, reaching up to heaven, begins with the word of scripture, and whatever rung we are on, we are never beyond this hearing of the word. In contemplation, just as we can never leave the Lord's humanity behind us, neither can we get 'beyond' the word in its human form. It is in the humanity that we find God, in the world of sense that we find the Spirit."

Be still, my heart!

And be prepared for continuing raptures in this space. Now... to just get rid of the latest head cold.

2 comments:

Christine said...

I love that your idea of retail therapy is buying theology books. :-D

todustyoushallreturn said...

Erika- We own that book. I remember trying to read it during my sophomore year in college. It was not light reading, that is for sure. It's a real mental and spiritual workout and I never made it through the whole thing at the time. Perhaps that would change now, but it was a bit too much for me at the time. Enjoy. I'm eager to hear your thoughts on it.