On his deathbed he would declare: “As for me, I aspire only to obey. If the pope should speak, I would be the first to follow.” And there are numerous other texts in this vein: “If they drove me from the Church, I couldn’t live five minutes outside her. I’d immediately find my way back in, in bare feet, wearing a hair shirt, with a rope around my neck: in a word, meeting all the conditions you would care to impose, and gladly!” “Bernanos used to say that, without faith, he could not live a single minute, formulate a single thought, move one little finger.”
Monday, January 25, 2010
"I couldn't live five minutes outside her."
Here's Hans Urs von Balthasar reflecting on and quoting George Bernanos: