One of the joys of Christmas break is that I gain ample time to read (or attempt to read) all the things I actually want to read. I just finished HH BXVI’s latest interview with Peter Seewald last night (recommended – as usual JR is just the man). Now I am delving into Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Epilogue to his great trilogy on beauty, goodness and truth. It looks to be a promising read. From the foreword:
“But where is the famous ‘point of contact’ with the anima technica vacua,” that is the modern soul totally cut off from religious and cultural tradition? “I for one certainly do not know. Some table-rapping, a seance or two, some dabbling in Zen meditation, a smattering of liberation theology: enough.” (11)
Can I get a BUUURN?
Although HUvB’s humorous mention of the seance and Zen meditation do suggest that the anima technica vacua does still have some sort of spiritual sense, despite his severance from the tradition (though surely we still have not yet encountered a soul completely cut off from the tradition – could we really ever?). Perhaps, although it might not be a realistic point of contact (hard to reconcile seances and the Eucharist), such an observation does point out that hope is not yet (and perhaps never will be) totally lost. Man’s heart is made for goodness, truth and beauty, and I find it hard to believe there will ever be a point where that heart is so muffled that it can’t be listened to again. As long as man is man, there’s always hope. But can man make himself not-man? I guess that is the question. In any case, “enough.”
And, the O Antiphon of the day:
Latin: O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel; qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.
English: O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth, come to liberate the prisoner from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death. (Is 22:22)