Adrienne von Speyr - Kostet und seht Ein Lesebuch aus ihren Schriften

Kostet und seht Taste and See

Published in 1988, Taste and See (subtitled A Reader) presents a systematic anthology of texts selected by Hans Urs von Balthasar from across the entire corpus of Adrienne Von Speyr’s writings. As Balthasar writes in his foreword, the purpose of the book “is to enable a survey of her theology insofar as this theology can be helpful to Christian action and contemplation.” The texts gathered here (there are more than a thousand) cover the entire range of theological reflection, but they amount to something more than a typical textbook of dogmatic theology: They offer a school of “kneeling theology” for those desirous of “suffering the divine things” with the intelligence.

Foreword by Hans Urs von Balthasar

Starting-points in Ordinary Life (1-14)

Getting Underway (15-143)

Jesus Christ (144-454)

The Triune God (455-508)

Church in the Lord (509-919)

Looking Ahead to What Endures (920-1001)

A mission for the sake of ecclesial truth can include the task of shedding new light on a point of doctrine. A man is entrusted with a precious stone, and at the moment he himself doesn’t know what to do with it: The setting that fits this stone is given only later. The truth he represents thus appears to be a kind of preliminary phase that is true only in a very limited way. He thus faces an extreme danger: the temptation of adapting the “new truth” to what is already established, of rounding off its edges, of forcing it into an already existing framework or of pushing it through with the wrong means. He can avoid this danger only if he lives wholly in faith and his conduct is entirely determined by it. From time to time, God gives the Church such new perspectives, opening her eyes to him, as it were, with a sort of inchoate vision whose interpretation is not yet given and mustn’t be forced prematurely. The meaning of the vision will be revealed in due time. The whole thing may have meaning only as a part meant to be complemented later. In matters of ecclesial truth, as in mystical vision, there is no permission to anticipate. This doesn’t mean, of course, that the “new truth” one is shown or glimpses isn’t supposed to be integrated into the received truth, into tradition and dogma.

Prefatory Excerpt