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Heart of the World

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A great Catholic theologian speaks from the heart about the Heart of Christ, in a profound and lyrical meditation on Our Lord's love for his Bride the Church. Sewn Softcover ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published June 1st 1980 by Ignatius Press (first published January 1st 1979)
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The translator’s note says it all, “This little volume will come as a surprise even to avid readers of Father von Balthasar’s other translated works. The religious ardor of the poet-theologian usually evades us with all the pure serenity of a volcano under snow. But in revealing to us the Heart of the World he could not do less than bare his own heart.”

The ‘Heart of the World’ is Jesus’ heart, His Sacred Heart as Catholics call the devotion. As von Balthasar uses the term here, he means so much
Aug 07, 2016 Molly rated it it was amazing
Reading this was one of the most rewarding choices I've made so far this year.
Julia Zhu
Jul 20, 2013 Julia Zhu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Pure fucking soul-searching, heart-groaning,




Apr 16, 2015 joseito rated it really liked it
Prose-poetical devotional reading. There is better, but it is pretty good and very accessible.
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Jun 19, 2016 carmen caracol rated it it was amazing
Awestruck by Christ's beauty, Balthasar compares his soul's relationship to the Almighty with the Savior's relationship to the Church, culminating in a profound, passionate, erotic dialogue between Bridegroom and Bride. In my opinion, no theologian has produced something so exquisite since the time of the Spanish mystics of the 16th century (Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross). Raw, fecund, unafraid, mystical.

(...Is there a movement to canonize Hans Urs von Balthasar...?)
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Jan 09, 2016 Christopher McCaffery rated it it was amazing
I think this is the book to read for anyone wanting to begin Balthasar. He unifies all of his theological concerns into a prayer to the heart of the world, Christ.
Dec 29, 2015 Sean rated it liked it
Very challenging read, yet it had some great insights. Very mystical!
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Hans Urs von Balthasar was a Swiss theologian and priest who was nominated to be a cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is considered one of the most important theologians of the 20th century.

Born in Lucerne, Switzerland on 12 August 1905, he attended Stella Matutina (Jesuit school) in Feldkirch, Austria. He studied in Vienna, Berlin and Zurich, gaining a doctorate in German literature. He joined t
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“No fighter is more divine than one who can achieve victory through defeat. In the instant when he receives the deadly wound, his opponent falls to the ground, himself struck a final blow. For he strikes love and is thus himself struck by love. And by letting itself be struck, love proves what had to be proven: that it is indeed love.” 2 likes
“The Word, then, came into the world - came to what was his, but those who were his did not receive him. He beamed into the gloom, but the darkness turned away. Thus had love's revelation to choose a struggle of life and death. God came into the world, but a bristling barrier of spears and shields was his welcome. His grace began to trickle, but the world made itself supple and impenetrable, and the drops fell to the ground.” 1 likes
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