MYSTICISM: Elizabeth Of The Trinity, An Introduction by Hans Urs Von Balthasar

The Value of Sparrows

From Elizabeth of Dijon, An Interpretation of Her Spiritual Mission

The Carmelite Order seems to have been specially entrusted, in recent years, with the function of proclaiming to the church and the world certain truths strongly opposed to the spirit of the age.  We allow ourselves to be absorbed in external action, and measure values according to its visible effect; the Carmelite reminds us that contemplation is the “one thing necessary,” and that its effects are not to be measured by even the churchly statistician.  We are strongly influenced by the theories of the psychologist with his insistence on the untrammeled development of personality.  The Carmelite shows us where individual difference is of small account, in the life of the cloister, in liturgical worship.  Even in the domain of religion, we continue to lay exaggerated stress on the individual and his needs.  To the Carmelite a supernatural vocation implies a…

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