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Secular Institutes According to Hans Urs von Balthasar - Communio

Secular Institutes According to Hans Urs von Balthasar - Communio

Secular Institutes According to Hans Urs von Balthasar -

SECULAR INSTITUTES ACCORDING TO HANS URS VON BALTHASAR • Juan M. Sara • “God and the world share with each other what each has and is. This mutual communication constitutes the ecclesial form of life of the secular institutes . . . as the eucharistic way of being characteristic of Christ, the concrete analogia entis.” And if these world secular institutes are today forming the avantgarde of the Church in the modern world, this is so only by virtue of the living paradox that is none other than the paradox of Christ’s Church herself: holding fast to Christianity’s fountainhead and point of origin, she flows out into the world, bringing with her this very fountain of life. This in fact was the way Christ ultimately accomplished the will of the Father: firmly rooted in it, he went out and brought the movement of this will to the very last sinner (“the least of my brethren”). 1 John, leaning his head on the Lord’s breast, confesses wordlessly to him that he is ready to help raise everyone, even the most lukewarm, even the most distant, from human to divine love. This is the johannine form of love. Even though John has no 1 Hans Urs von Balthasar, Explorations in Theology, vol. 4: Spirit and Institution (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995), 287–288. * Dedicated to Adrienne von Speyr on the 100 th anniversary of her birth. Communio 29 (Summer 2002). © 2002 by Communio: International Catholic Review

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