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Author QuotedHans Urs von Balthasar
Title QuotedPresence et pensee. Essay sur la philosophie religieuse de Gregoire de Nysse
Date (Year/Month/Day)1957/00/00
ImprintParis : Beauchesne. 1942
Quotation"Etrefidèle à la Tradition, ce n'est donc pas repeter et transmettre litteralement des theses de philosophie ou de theologie, que l'on se figure soustraites au temps et aux contingences de l'histoire. C'est bien plutôt imiter de nos Pères dans la foi l'attitude de reflexion intime et l'effort de creation audacieuse, preludes necessaires de la veritable fidelite spirituelle." ["To be faithful to Tradition does not mean that one hands on theses of philosophy or theology indifferent to the time and vagaries of history. Rather, one should imitate our fathers in the faith with that attitude of deep reflection as well as the effort of bold creation which are the necessary preconditions for true spiritual fidelity."] H. Von Balthasar. Presence et pensee. "Lisons l'histoire, notre histoire, comme le recit vivante de ce que nous fûmes jadis, avec le double sentiment que tout celà est passe pour toujours et que malgre tout, cette jeunesse et chaque instant de notre vie reste mysterieusement present au fond de not ame en une sorte d'eternite delicieuse." ["Let us read history, our history, like a living record of what we once were, with the dual sentiment that all this has passed by forever and, despite that, youth and each instant of our life remains mysteriously present in the depths of our soul as a kind of delectable eternity."] id. [H. Von Balthasar. Presence et pensee].
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 84
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