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Author QuotedHans Urs von Balthasar
Title QuotedGloire et la croix. Vol 1: Apparition
Date (Year/Month/Day)1966/06/29
QuotationI don't read German well enough to read Von Balthasar in the original, and in French he is fogged and confusing (one can't come to grips with it easily). Yet if something looks interesting in French and you go to the original you are likely to get a real flash of light. See the correctness of this: "Der Glaubensakt wesentlich existenzial ist, das heisst die ganze Wirklichkeit des Glaubenders als Gehorsamsopfer einfordert [The act of believing is essentially existential, that is to say, the entire reality of the believer is put forward as a sacrifice of obedience]." Much more real than French, "le don de tout son être [the gift of all his being]" etc.
Quotation SourceLearning to love: exploring solitude and freedom. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 6, 1966-1967.; Edited by Christine M. Bochen. / [San Francisco] : HarperCollins. 1997, p. 91
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