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Happy New Year to you Philip and to all the group.

It is wonderful and awe-inspiring to consider and contemplate on this section as our destiny. (pg.243-257). Can you please translate the latin quotes on pgs. 244, 250, 256.

Also , please excuse me from the meeting on Wed. next, 8th Jan. I am reading on to pg.301 or is that too far? Cheers and Best Wishes, Rita.

-- Anonymous, January 06, 2003


Dear Rita, Sorry about the delay in replying. I am afraid I have left my Balthasar book in Tallaght and I can't deal with the latin quotes you refer to. Still, if you quote them here online, I will have a go at them. Do, however, give the context. Read up to p. 301 for the next meeting.

Best wishes

-- Anonymous, January 11, 2003

A quick reply, Rita: "accipit nomen sensus, quasi experientiam quadam sumens de re cui inhaeret, inquantum complacet sibi in ea": Sense takes its name as it were (quasi) taking a certain experience from the thing in which it inheres, in so far as it rejoices in it.

"Spiritus Sanctus sic nos ad agendum inclinet, ut nos voluntarie agere faciat, inquantum nos amatores Dei instituit.": The Holy Spirit thus inclines us to act, so that he should make us act freely, in so far as he makes us into lovers of God.

These will require some comment... Can we do that in the seminar?

-- Anonymous, January 14, 2003

He is quoting from Th. Aquinas on attunement. " A ccording to Thomas, what is involved here is an attunement to being as a whole, and the ontological disposition is, in the living ans sentient being, an a priori concordance (con-sensus as con-sentire, ' to feel with', here prior to the assentire, ' to assent to').- In man this accord is from the onset bound up with a certain spiritual delectation. The inclination to the 'thing itself', evoked by a most intimate kinship with it, is characterised as a 'feeling' or 'sensing'- an experiential contact- in so far as the feeler is by nature attuned to what is felt and therefore, as-sents and con-sentsto it (accipit nomen sensus, quasi experientian quadain sumens de re cui inhaeret, inquantam complacet sibi in ea, ibid,. c)"(pg.244)

( Pg.250). He is quoting Thomas concerning the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. " The gifts are in us ab inspiratione divina; they are an instinctus divinus which makes us be guided by a Principle higher than our own reason. But this higher reality is not something foreign to us, for by it's inspiration it makes and inclines our own deepest love to the Absolute love that comes to meet us from the debth of being itself, a love that addresses each of us personally: Spiritus Sanctus sic nos ad agenduminclinet, ut nos voluntarie agere faciat, inquantum nos amatores Dei instituit 9C. Gent. 1v.22)

-- Anonymous, January 13, 2003

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