Hans Urs von Balthasar

  • What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God

    Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • To be a child means to owe one's existence to another, and even in our adult life we never quite reach the point where we no longer have to give thanks for being the person we are

    Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • The Church does not dispense the sacrament of baptism in order to acquire for herself an increase in membership but in order to consecrate a human being to God and to communicate to that person the divine gift of birth from God

    Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • God defines himself as "I am who I am", which also means: My being is such that I shall always be present in every moment of becoming

    Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • What the Father gives is the capacity to be a self, freedom, and thus autonomy, but an autonomy which can be understood only as a surrender of self to the other

    Hans Urs von Balthasar
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