Fr. Raymond Gawronski’s popular book “Word and Silence” now in its third edition
Swiss Jesuit, Hans Urs von Balthasar is considered by many to be one of the
most important theologians of the 20th century. It’s not surprising then that the book by Fr.
Ray Gawronski, SJ exploring the thoughts and ideas of Fr. Von Balthasar is now
in its third edition from Angelico Press.
First printed in 1995 and now released in a 2015 edition, Fr. Gawronski’s
book, Word and Silence: Hans Urs von
Balthasar and the Spiritual Encounter of East and West, dives into Von
Balthasar’s ideal that selflessness is not a matter of emptiness, but of pure
love through receptivity to others. Fr.
Gawronski describes Von Balthasar’s work as a “message in a bottle” sent from
the sinking ship of European Christian civilization.
Asked about the dialogue between Asian and Christian
mysticisms, Hans Urs von Balthasar wrote, "The dialogue is possible. The
question is: 'does selflessness mean emptiness, or (trinitarian) love.'" Word and Silence is an ascent to the
fullness of the Christian vision, from the depths of natural and Christian
wisdom and under the guidance of this great master of contemplative theology.
It offers an overview of the human condition, and then broadens to explore the
fullness of God's revelation, which overflows the deepest longings of the human
heart, fully embracing the human as human, and leading it into the heart of
The works and wisdoms of Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar are as meaningful and important today
as they were throughout his mission.
Perhaps this third edition of Word
and Silence won’t be the last.
May 27, 2020 - Now more than ever, we invoke God to wipe away the darkness of anxiety, allowing us to be guided by the light of Christ and to trust in God’s promise of new life. Over the last few months, our Jesuit provinces have been in a place we don’t often find ourselves, a place that saw our schools closed, parishes empty, and the halls of our retreat centers giving new meaning to the word “silent.”
May 12, 2020 - Susan Baber has been named the Associate Provincial Assistant for Secondary Education for the new USA East Jesuit Province. The new province will come into being on July 31, Susan will assume this new role in August.