Hans Urs von Balthasar - Texte zum ignatianischen Exerzitienbuch
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Texte zum ignatianischen Exerzitienbuch Texts on the Ignatian Exercises

The editor of the present volume, Father Jacques Servais, SJ, has thematically arranged texts on the Ignatian Exercises that he has drawn from the entire corpus of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s writings. The result is a systematic commentary on the Exercises that will be of value both to retreat-masters and to theologians working on Ignatian thought and spirituality. At the same time, the anthology opens a window into the heart of Balthasar’s own theology, which can be understood as an unfolding of the spiritual attitude at the core of the Exercises.

PREFACE
INTRODUCTION

NATURE AND PURPOSE OF THE EXERCISES
HOW TO DO THE EXERCISES
THE DIRECTOR
PRINCIPLE AND FOUNDATION
“HOMO CREATUS EST”
LOGIC OF INDIFFERENCE
LOGIK OF THE EVERY-MORE
PRAYER
DWELLING IN THE WORD
MOVEMENTS OF THE SPIRIT
THE BEGINNING AND EXECUTION OF MEDITATION
APPLICATION OF THE SENSES
EQUILIBRIUM
SIN AND HELL
“FIRST WEEK”
CONVERSION
MEDITATION ON SIN
HELL
THE CALL
“SECOND WEEK”
ENCOUNTER WITH THE GOD WHO CALLS
INTRODUCING THE CONSIDERATION OF THE STATES
TRAINING IN TOTAL AVAILABILITY
THE ELECTION
INTRODUCTION
THE MODES OF ELECTION
DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITS
FURTHER POINTS ABOUT ELECTION
FOLLOWING CHRIST IN THE PASSION
“THIRD WEEK”
GOD’s “LABOR” FOR US
THE ANSWER OF MAN
GRACES OF SUFFERING
THE TIME OF THE CHURCH
“FOURTH WEEK”
WOMEN AND MEN IN THE CHURCH
OBEDIENCE
ECCLESIAL SENSE
ON THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD
THE CONTEMPLATION FOR OBTAINING LOVE
THE MOVEMENT OF THE CONTEMPLATION
“FROM ABOVE” ENCORE
“SUSCIPE”
FINALE
SURRENDER
AFFIRMATION
LOVE

SOURCES
INDEX

The call of love, for Balthasar, is no abstract law. It is not some universal rule that could be applied in the same way to all alike. It is just that: a call on the part of the living God, who personally addresses an individual at a definite moment in history. Christian perfection, then, consists in answering this call with total surrender, in personally choosing God’s choice for him. This is why Balthasar regards what Ignatius calls “indifference” as the decisive sign of love. For indifference is a spirit of pure self-surrender to the will of the Beloved, who thus becomes the measure of all our action.

From the Introduction