When it comes to meditation the decisive question, according to Hans Urs von Balthasar, is whether God has spoken or whether the Absolute remains the Silence beyond all words . Christianity claims God has spoken, and spoken fully, in his Son, the Word made flesh. While God remains mysterious, he is not utterly unknown or unknowable. Von Balthasar insists through Christian meditation we enter with mind and heart into God s self-disclosure. In Jesus, God reveals his own inner depths to us. At the same time, because Jesus is God-made-man, he also reveals our inner depths to ourselves. Christian Meditation is at once a book about what meditation is, in light of God s revelation, and a book that assists believers to meditate. In a treatment that is both fresh and profound, von Balthasar describes the central elements of all Christian meditation, provides a guide for meditation and then points the way to the union that prayer achieves in the footsteps of Mary, within the Church and in and for the world. "Christian meditation is entirely trinitarian and at the same time entirely human. In order to find God, no one need reject being human personally or socially, but in order to find God all must see the world and themselves in the Holy Spirit as they are in God's sight."
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It is refreshing to read an author with experience, ecclesiastical know how, and a heart for the world.
This book is written for the believer who is accustomed to complete union with God — Father, Son, Holy Spirit and Jesus of Nazareth. Excellently composed, immaculately articulate, it is a work for Christ that carries the anointed power that leads the reader into the union with God that awaits us all in the Mind of Christ and which is so vital to the apprehension of the perfect will of the Father ... which, ultimately, is Hans Urs' expectation.
The ardent student of the fusion with the Father's will that makes up Father fusion (Rev 3:12, Matt 5:48) will never be disappointed once entering this gate of Christian Meditation that the Lord gave to Hans Urs for the world to enter for all time.
After we leave the orbit of the world's religious take on meditation with its divisions every which way, and encounter the ways of meditation under the influence of our heavenly citizenship in Christ, then the single principle remains the same: Jesus is the only way to the Father and the Father made it so therefore anything and everything we do with Jesus in meditation will be a solid building stone in our eternity in the Father, even to the peak experiences possible on earth. This is a good book.