Friday 14 August 2015

The consecrated life, and heaven

Von Balthasar, The Christian State of Life: profound reflections on heaven. Flowing out from his reflections on man’s original state. Obedience (first!), virginity, poverty. An obedience that consists in the total freedom of complete surrender to God’s will. A virginity that is fecundity – neither marrying nor giving in marriage, but being sons of God, sons of the resurrection, “married to God”, seeing God’s face…. The perfection of love: then we shall see him as he is (1 Cor 13). Poverty: owning nothing, owning everything. Becoming a gift, and even the blessedness of receiving becomes a giving.

The purification of the ‘drives’: when sexuality is totally absorbed transcended in the way that a higher integration sublates a lower into love. When I rejoice delight without wanting to blight by possessing. The chillingness of mine and thine (Chrysostom). [von B 124.] “In the anteroom of heaven we will be purified till we can truly love chastely obey freely give freely because we have received freely." The letting go and the absence of it that prevents the peaceful death.

And the transcendence of sexuality and marriage linked to death: for they will die no more.

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