From Prayer by Hans Urs von Balthasar:
“Since Christ is perfectly human, the following of Christ is possible to man. It is possibly in the human community set up between the Lord and those who encounter him, those who, like Mary and Joseph, formed a human community with him from the beginning, or those who, like the apostles, come to him so as to be formed in the fashion of his humanity. It is here that contemplation exerts a powerful effect on living, here that is serious pursuit is seen to be indispensable. It is my life that is meant, not my speculations, imaginations, religious and theological phantasies, but my actual way of living. The life in question is life in faith, and so in obscurity rather than vision. Whoever contemplates the gospel, or the history of salvation in general, is constantly surprised by this obscurity. It seems as if God care little, in his revelation, about any sort of well-rounded system….
There is much in Christianity susceptible of exact analysis, but is is ultimately shrouded in the silence of the divine mysteries. What is ultimate in Jesus is turned, not to men, but to the Father; it is itself comtemplation, and, through contemplation, action.” [p. 141].