By Karl Rahner

One of many classics of recent spirituality, Encounters with Silence is one in all Karl Rahner's such a lot lucid and strong books. A booklet of meditations approximately man's relation with God, it isn't a piece of dry theology, yet relatively a booklet of prayerful reflections on love, wisdom, and religion, obedience, daily workouts, existence with our neighbors and associates, our paintings and vocation, and human goodness. The tremendous good fortune of this relocating paintings is a tribute to its practicality and the power of the nice theologian to talk easily and but profoundly to bland women and men looking an inspiring advisor to the internal existence, one who by no means forsakes the area of truth. The booklet is solid within the type of a discussion with God that strikes from humble yet involved inquiry to pleased contemplation.

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But isn't it still a real burden ? Or is it only Your kind of freedom, which seems heavy and constraining to our narrow, petty, comfort-seeking hearts ? Is it only the excess weight of Your grace ? There is perhaps no more enlight­ ened or enlightening answer to this question than that given by Your Son. He has told us that Your lower servants should do and observe all that Your higher servants have commanded them, and that those to whom You have given power to bind and loose must one day give an accounting to You, as to whether their binding was always really a releasing of their brethren into the realm of Your true freedom (Matt.

Not the modern philosophers, but only Your love can save m e , the love of You, who are the goal and attraction of all things. Only You are fulfillment and satiety, You who a re sufficient even unto Yourself. It is only the love of You, 51 ENCOUNTERS W I T H SILENCE my Infinite God, which pierces the very heart of all things, at the same time transcending them all and leaping up­ ward into the endless reaches of Your Being, catching up all the lost things of earth and transforming them into a hymn of praise to Your Infinity.

This is the knowledge that ends in despondency and agony of soul, that brings nothing but the bitter experience of being forgotten and of deserving to be forgotten, because it can never produce living, organic unity. And yet, behind all this labor and torment there is already another "knowledge," which has become in me grace-filled reality : Your Word and Your Eternal Light. Oh, grow in me, enlighten me, shine forth ever stronger in me, eternal Light, sweet Light of my soul. Sound out in me ever more clearly, 0 Word of the Father, Word of Love, Jesus.

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