International house of spiritual discernment and formation

Inspired by the persons and writings of
Hans Urs von Balthasar, Adrienne von Speyr and Henri de Lubac
Founded in 1990 under the patronage of Cardinal Ratzinger and located in Rome

Casa Balthasar, current location in Rome

Casa Balthasar

In Rome, a place to discern a vocation and a center of studies to answer the world’s need for radical Christian commitment.

Cor Mundi

«Cor Mundi»

A network of laypersons engaged in studies or professions who want consecration to Christ in the world and from within the world.

Accademia Balthasar

Studies to lead towards the spirit of greater faith and love of the Lord which distinguishes Balthasar, Lubac and Von Speyr.

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Corsi Accademia

Sono ripresi i corsi dell’Accademia Balthasar per il secondo semestre.

Dalle 8.30 alle 12.20 secondo il seguente programma:

Lunedì

Fondamenti di vita spirituale. Approfondimento della Carta Magna di Casa Balthasar sulla base degli Esercizi Spirituali di s. Ignazio (A.Brutto)

Martedì

La confessione nella letteratura moderna (A.Brutto)

Mercoledì 

Lettura del testo di Balthasar “Lo stato di vita del cristiano” – parte II: Gli stati di vita (J.Servais)

Venerdì 

Il bambino come sym-bolos personale dell’unità fra ricchezza e povertà dell’essere creato come amore. – parte II di F. Ulrich, “L’uomo come bambino” (J.Servais)

Sessione su “Der Mensch als Anfang”

Lettura guidata della prima parte del testo del filosofo tedesco F. Ulrich

Perchè e come un essere che deve ad un «altro» il «mantenimento della sua vita», anzi la sua vita come tale, può vivere nel contempo questa vita come la sua «propria»?

F. Ulrich

La nascita di un bimbo, nota acutamente Ulrich, è frutto di un atto d’amore e rivela che l’essere è un dono. Derivano da questa affermazione notevoli conseguenze.

A. Rigobello

Periodo: 22 dicembre 2014 – 4 gennaio 2015

Luogo: Roma – Brescia

Opera: Der Mensch als Anfang, Johannes Verlag, Einsielden 1970. Trad. it. a cura della Casa Balthasar: L’uomo come bambino. Per un’antropologia filosofica dell’infanzia, Las, Roma, 2013.

Guida: Jacques Servais S.J.

hercules-wrestling-with-death-for-the-body-of-alcestis_by Frederic Lord Leighton

Seminar on Greek tragedians

Guided reading of some plays according to Balthasar’s presentation (in The Glory of the Lord. The Realm of Metaphysics in Antiquity)

It is Greek tragedy, and not Greek philosophy, with which the Christians primarily entered into dialogue, that forms the great, valid cypher of the Christ event.
H.U. von Balthasar

When: 27th October – 13th November

Works: Euripides, Alcestis; Sophocles, Antigone; Aeschyleus, Prometheus

Professor: don Andrea Brutto

Summer Session: The Christian Task in the World

From Wednesday, 23 July, through Tuesday, 29 July 2014, three Jesuits joined together with ten young adults at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama for a special young adult session entitled, “Engagement with God: the Christian Task in the World according to Hans Urs von Balthasar.

The rector of the Casa Balthasar led the session, which was organized by friends and alumni of the Casa. The participants came from two countries and six US states. At the session, the students had the chance to reflect on the distinctive place and role of the Christian layperson in the world. The session also provided an opportunity for participants to reflect on the charter of Cor Mundi, a communion of friendship that brings together lay Christians engaged in studies or secular professions who strive to integrate as best they can their temporal activity with their life of grace. Since the summer session, two Cor Mundi circles have already formed in North America around session participants, and preparation for a third group is already in the works.

One of the student participants in the 2014 Mobile Summer Session offers this reflection, which communicates something of the spirit of the week of Christian formation and fellowship shared by the participants, the Jesuits who accompanied them, the families who hosted them, and many others who helped to make the session possible.

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Confirmation of a student

Basilica of San Vitale, in Rome

On Sunday March 30th, there will be an event of great joy and thanksgiving for the students and the rector: a young Welsh woman who has been living and studying at the Casa Balthasar for some months will be confirmed. This will be the last stage of her journey from a protestant denomination into full communion with the Catholic Church. Please pray for her and you are welcome to participate in giving thanks to the Lord at the celebration which will take place at 6:30 PM at the Basilica of San Vitale, in Rome.