"Whoever removes the Cross and its interpretation by the New Testament from the center, in order to replace it, for example, with the social commitment of Jesus to the oppressed as a new center, no longer stands in continuity with the apostolic faith."
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Mother Teresa
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Martin Luther
"Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Mahatma Gandhi
"Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient world refused to understand itself, a word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably has bid farewell to our new world, a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness."
"Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance."
"Not longer loved or fostered by religion, beauty is lifted from its face as a mask, and its absence exposes features on that face which threaten to become incomprehensible to man."
"We no longer dare to believe in beauty and we make of it a mere appearance in order the more easily to dispose of it."
"It is, finally, a word is untimely in three different senses, and bearing it as one's treasure will not win one anyone's favours one rather risks finding oneself outside everyone's camp... Beauty is the word that shall be our first."