January 27th, 2004


Theology Notebook: Von Balthasar: Mothers and Philosophy

Mothers and Philosophy

"Now man exists only in dialogue with his neighbour. The infant is brought to consciousness of himself only by love, by the smile of his mother. In that encounter, the horizon of all unlimited being opens itself for him, revealing four things to him: (1) that he is one in love with the mother, even in being other than his mother, therefore all being is one; (2) that that love is good, therefore all Being is good; (3) that that love is true, therefore all Being is true; and (4) that that love evokes joy, therefore all Being is beautiful."

–Hans Urs von Balthasar, My Work: In Retrospect, p. 114