The Lowliness of Glory

“All his life Pope Gregory hungered after pure contemplation and he never really knew […] that God’s glory itself, unseen, goes into exile and lowliness, that precisely the descent from Jerusalem to Babylon, from the form of God to the Cross, is glory.”

[1] H.U.v. Balthasar, The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics, J.K. Riches (ed.), B. McNeil et al. (trans.), Ignatius Press ed., vol. 4: The Realm of Metaphysics in Antiquity, London, T&T Clark, 1989 [1967], p. 341.