Saturday, January 21, 2006

Praying theology

I love theology, I really do. But most of all, I love praying theology. One of the books I’m reading through at the moment is a collection of prayers written by the great Catholic theologian, Karl Rahner (a German Jesuit). They are written from the context of all different sorts of life phases, and are absolutely delightful. An extremely wise, universally liked and handsome young man living just outside Tübingen once said: ‘If your theology can’t be prayed and burn hot in your heart, prefer another.’

Here is the opening address of one of my favourites:

Herr Jesus Christus, Sohn des lebendigen Gottes, wahrhaft Gott, wahrhaft Mensch, einer in der Einheit der Person und in der ungeteilten und unvermischten Zweiheit der Natur, wir beten dich an, denn du bist wahrhaft hier mitten unter uns zugegen“ -- Gebete des Lebens, Karl Rahner, 76


At 1/21/2006 1:21 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

I know, I know Jim ...
I'm off to bed now!

At 1/21/2006 2:00 AM, Anonymous Jim said...

Hey- you are a mind reader! Beautiful prayer too, by the way. And am I to guess that you are the Tubingener in question?

At 1/21/2006 12:13 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

And am I to guess that you are the Tubingener in question?

Well, this extremely wise, handsome etc. young man in question is also breath-takingly humble, so he wouldn't like to say.


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