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Bit of Balthasar

“The edifying principle in Protestantism rests on a process of downward leveling: before God and from the divine perspective, all human activity, all so-called religion, is nothing but idle sin and inanity. For man, the only genuine humility that saves is for him to acknowledge this and cling exclusively to God’s grace. The edifying principle in Catholicism rests on this: that the omnipotence of grace is so great that it can take into account even man’s powerless striving, and that, although God does everything, still this never happens without man.”

~ Hans Urs von Balthasar, The Grain of Wheat, 93.


  1. Hill wrote:

    Good stuff.

    Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
  2. X-Cathedra wrote:


    Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 1:31 am | Permalink

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