novena to adrienne von speyr - day 9

Day 9

To Surrender What We Do Not Possess

Lord, so often I have given you what I possessed in abundance; let me now offer you everything that I do not have, that has always been denied me, that I have sought half - suspecting it was unattainable: peace, rest, shelter. And if I know now that all this belongs to you, that it remains in your safekeeping and is your possession, I will no longer clamor for it. The constant, vain running of my restlessness no longer troubles me: rest is in you, you have taken possession of it, even for me; you can dispense it again without loss; in you is shelter—who else would have it? — you can deal out this gift. Be praised: what we seek is found in you, and what we fancied we were giving you generously was in you from the beginning. And yet we thank you that in spite of this you accept it from us as well. Lord, do not just take what we do not have: keep it. Planting is the Lord’s alone, to us he might leave the gathering of a few ears of his sprouting seed; that which was already his is what we bring before him. A living fire does not cease to burn until all is consumed and reduced to ash; no one regards the ash; strewn and lifeless on the ground, it cannot fructify, hidden as it is, but it can be trampled completely into the earth, serving a task of which it knows nothing. Lord, burn us to ash, and scatter us according to your will. If I should ever say again what I will, do no grant that prayer: believe, even against every appearance, that from now on I am yours alone and know no other will than yours. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Father, we ask that through the intercession of Adrienne von Speyr those called to live in the sequela Christi might do so with ever-greater fidelity. Grant that, day-by-day, your love might burn and your Spirit might blow more intensely within us. In the presence of the Mother of your Son, your angels and saints, and the whole heavenly court, we beg this grace in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

novena to adrienne von speyr - day 8

Day 8

Prayer to the Risen Lord

Lord, we thank you for the Easter feast. We thank you that after your death and your descent into hell, after tasting to the full every kind of abandonment, you have returned to us; that you have remembered our insignificant abandonment and overwhelmed it with the radiant fullness of your presence. Although you suffered the death that we caused by the burden of our sins, you come back to us as our brother with the gift of your redemption. You do not make us pay for having brought you to the Cross but let us take part in your joy. You celebrate a reunion with us as if we had never been unfaithful, as if we had always awaited you with faithful trust, as if we were capable of adding something ourselves to your joy. Lord, make us grateful. Let the thanks we owe you and your Mother always accompany us from now on, let them bear fruit, let them be the pervasive spirit of our service. Let us be redeemed men who truly fill their whole life with your redemption, follow you wherever you go, and attempt to do your will, just as you do the Father’s will. Do not let us merely enjoy the fruit of your Passion and of your redemption; let us try, starting today, to know you as our brother, as our true redeemer ever in our midst, and always to bear in mind that you are present and that you have repaid our unfaithfulness with fidelity and our unbelief with even greater grace. Let every day, whether hard or easy, dawn as a day that holds the express, or even hidden, joy of knowing that you have redeemed us and, returning to the Father, have taken us back with you. We ask you now for your Easter blessing; may it include the blessing of the Father and of the Spirit. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Father, we ask that through the intercession of Adrienne von Speyr those called to live in the sequela Christi might do so with ever-greater fidelity. Grant that, day-by-day, your love might burn and your Spirit might blow more intensely within us. In the presence of the Mother of your Son, your angels and saints, and the whole heavenly court, we beg this grace in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

novena to adrienne von speyr - day 7

Day 7

Through Mary to Christ

Through you, Mother, we have come to your Son. You conceived him, you carried him, you gave birth to him, you accompanied him throughout his life, in order to bring him to us and to give him to us. And also in order to show us how a man can bear and understand him, how a man can place his life within the life of your Son, so as to receive it from him. In order to convey to us the gift of his infancy, of his years at home with you, the gift of his public life and of the hour of his Passion. At every phase of his life you were so involved that everything his presence conveyed found room in your receptive heart. Yet not for you, but for us. By your Yes, you placed yourself so totally at the disposal of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, that the triune God gave us to the Son right through you. You led us to him, but you were always so much in God, so much within your mission and your own Yes, that your only desire was to act as the conveyor of the gift and not as the original giver. Yet for that very reason your act of conveying also became a gift that came from your humility and that your humility gave us. A gift to us, but also a gift to God. And we would like to ask you today to accept into your Yes all that makes up our lives, not just its joys, but also its sacrifices, the roads we take that we had not reckoned on before. Do this so that we may once again come to your Son through you. So that through you, who knew so well how to carry out the Son’s will, we, too, may now accept anew everything he intends for us in the will of the Father, may now will it anew because it is his will. But also that through you we may will anew, with you, grateful that everything you did occurred entirely within his mission. And when the sacrifice costs more than we thought, when it is harder to bear than we imagined, we want to remember that you did not shrink in fear from any sacrifice, and that you did everything in the joy of your Yes. And we want to ask you to intercede for us with the Father, with your Son, and with the Spirit, so that we may be permitted to live by your strength, to come in reality to the Son through you, and to do in him what you have done for him all along. And when you see your angel, Mother, remember that his appearance assured you of the way. Ask him to surround us with care out of love for you, just as he did for you, to intercede for us just as he interceded for you and, by his appearing, gave you the power to say Yes in faith to everything. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Father, we ask that through the intercession of Adrienne von Speyr those called to live in the sequela Christi might do so with ever-greater fidelity. Grant that, day-by-day, your love might burn and your Spirit might blow more intensely within us. In the presence of the Mother of your Son, your angels and saints, and the whole heavenly court, we beg this grace in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

novena to adrienne von speyr - day 6

Day 6

Prayer for Usability

Father, let our whole life become a prayer that rises up to you like fire and sweeps along in its flame everything evil and impure, all that belongs to us and to others, so that you may fill it up with your Spirit and may make it good enough to become yours and to be used by you. Do not leave the evil in us either, Lord, but turn it back; open us to your action, even when it is painful; allow our conversion, allow it in your own name. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Father, we ask that through the intercession of Adrienne von Speyr those called to live in the sequela Christi might do so with ever-greater fidelity. Grant that, day-by-day, your love might burn and your Spirit might blow more intensely within us. In the presence of the Mother of your Son, your angels and saints, and the whole heavenly court, we beg this grace in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

novena to adrienne von speyr - day 5

Day 5

Prayer for Liberation from Oneself

Lord, set me free and take me to yourself. You have shown me the chains that hold me back from my way, and if they still exist to hinder me, it is for no other reason than that in my heart of hearts I am not yet willing to detach myself from them. How often I moan and groan and regret having so little freedom, whereas all I really mean are the obligations that daily life and my profession entail; but these obligations do not really block my path, they do not affect its essential course, at most its outer form; if anything, they are perhaps just little tests. What weighs so heavily does not come from outside; it lives and takes shape in my own self — I mean everything to which I am attached, which I am not disposed to renounce, which serve me as a crutch and a convenience, everything to which I believe I have a right. Take, Lord — I am trying to ask you for this sincerely — everything that in my eyes is part of my rightful spiritual property, but that paralyzes my love for you, that makes your love for my neighbor stop flowing and freeze solid. Let me disappear in the flow of your love to all men, so that it can pour itself out unhindered. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Father, we ask that through the intercession of Adrienne von Speyr those called to live in the sequela Christi might do so with ever-greater fidelity. Grant that, day-by-day, your love might burn and your Spirit might blow more intensely within us. In the presence of the Mother of your Son, your angels and saints, and the whole heavenly court, we beg this grace in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

novena to adrienne von speyr - day 4

Day 4

Prayer for Those Who Have Turned Away

We can understand death and sickness and even poverty, Lord; but how can anyone turn away from you after having known your grace? That is an unfathomable mystery to us. After all, it would be quite easy for you to make the signs of your grace so obvious that no one could have any more doubts about them or to bring back those who are leaving with a gentle call: and you do not do it, in your wisdom, you do not do it. Lord, allow us just the same to beg you with our whole soul that our cry might pierce through the lukewarmness of those who are drawing back; let our members suffer for them, accept every sacrifice for them, only, we implore you, enable them to return, make it easy for them, and in exchange let us pay the price that you deem just. We will try to give you what you take, but grant them anew your faith, your grace. And at the same time we know that we ourselves take our faith too lightly and are given over and over again to promises that seem hard when it comes time to keep them. Lord, grant us all your mercy and strengthen our weakness. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Father, we ask that through the intercession of Adrienne von Speyr those called to live in the sequela Christi might do so with ever-greater fidelity. Grant that, day-by-day, your love might burn and your Spirit might blow more intensely within us. In the presence of the Mother of your Son, your angels and saints, and the whole heavenly court, we beg this grace in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

novena to adrienne von speyr - day 3

Day 3

Prayer for Constancy

Lord our God, give your children ready perseverance in loving you. You know all too well what we are like: moved by your goodness when it comes to us unexpectedly, dismayed by your severity when it reveals itself to us with its demands. When we live through happy or hard days, we think of you, seeing what comes from you; but in the monotony of every day we grow lukewarm, we forget you, we keep you far from our thoughts and from our action, as if we needed you only on the eventful days, as if we wanted to have you at our disposal. We beg you, change this, let us turn back while there is time, act decisively, tear out our tepidity, replace it with fire or cold or with both at once, only, allow your Spirit to blow in us. Destroy everything that is not yours, and let us think no thought whose center is not you, so that by this destruction we are compelled to a livelier love. We do not demand of this love that it be painful or delightful, only that it be yours, forevermore. Lord, give us the grace to offer you again and again what you have given us. Only in this way will we unprofitable servants not remain fruitless. Bless your love in us, so that it may yield the fruits that you desire. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Father, we ask that through the intercession of Adrienne von Speyr those called to live in the sequela Christi might do so with ever-greater fidelity. Grant that, day-by-day, your love might burn and your Spirit might blow more intensely within us. In the presence of the Mother of your Son, your angels and saints, and the whole heavenly court, we beg this grace in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

novena to adrienne von speyr - day 2

Day 2

Prayer for Indifference

Lord, you know that I would like to serve you but that I am still attached to my work and to my judgment; that I am constantly scurrying back into myself to survey everything from my angle of vision: that I do this in order not to do that, that I desire this and loathe that. Whereas you showed us in every moment of your earthly life, and especially on the Cross, what it means to do the will of another. For you this other was the Father, the Father who is so perfect that you regarded every one of his decisions as perfect and accepted it in advance, without sizing it up first yourself. Not because of any judgment you might have arrived at after trying and weighing each case, but out of love. Your love for the Father took the place of your personal scrutiny once and for all. And you have also given the gift of this love to your saints; and your saint Ignatius has spoken and has written about it and has shown how the will of the superior, the will of the Father, the divine will pure and simple, is the decisive motive for the one who loves, for the one who no longer cares for anything but the wish of the beloved.

Grant us a share in this power of your Sonship, allow us to learn to love the Father in the way that you love him, to come to him through you and your filial attitude, to become obedient by the strength of your perfect obedience, to become indifferent by your indifference.

Grant that we may no longer seek our own interests in anything, but that, together with Saint Ignatius, our interest may go immediately to you, and we ourselves may become indifferent to the very core of our heart; not in order to lose all interest in you and the world, but in order to begin, at long last, to love you and the Father in the Holy Spirit above all things. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Father, we ask that through the intercession of Adrienne von Speyr those called to live in the sequela Christi might do so with ever-greater fidelity. Grant that, day-by-day, your love might burn and your Spirit might blow more intensely within us. In the presence of the Mother of your Son, your angels and saints, and the whole heavenly court, we beg this grace in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

novena to adrienne von speyr - day 1

Let us begin a Novena of Adrienne von Speyr as we greet her 50th anniversary since her death on Sep 17, 1967.

Day 1

Prayer for Renewal of Spirit

Dear Lord, you see how we get used to everything. It was with joy that we once took up your service, firmly resolved to be totally dedicated to you. But because every day brings nearly the same thing over and over again, it seems that our prayer has contracted. We limit it to ourselves and to what we deem necessary for the task we have to perform right now, so that in the end our prayer has been reduced to the dimensions of this small chore. We beseech you now, do not permit us to become so narrow. Give us new breadth, give us once more something of the elastic vigor of Mary’s Yes, which is ready for the entire divine will, which always remains as wide as it was when it was first pronounced, and which is ratified anew every day. Whether Mary rejoiced or was afraid or hoped, whether she was tired from her daily round of duties or was being led to the Cross: she always stood before you as if for the first time, was always obedient to whatever you said, always hoped to be allowed to do all that you wished, always saw behind every one of your wishes, even the most insignificant, the great, unlimited will of the Father, which you, her Son, were fulfilling. Grant that we may contemplate and affirm you and your Church, and carry out the requirements of our mission in an ever new spirit, the spirit of the Mother’s Yes. Grant also that we may pray for this spirit. We know that wherever you send your Spirit, you yourself are present. The Spirit brought you to your Mother, the Spirit enabled her to carry you, to give birth to you, to surround you with care. And because you recognized your own Spirit in her, you formed your Church from her. And since you have called us into this Church: make of every one of us a place where the Spirit of your Church blows, where, together with you and with the help of the Holy Spirit, the will of your Father, of our Father, is done, so that we may dare to pray in earnest: “You, our Father, who art in heaven...” Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Father, we ask that through the intercession of Adrienne von Speyr those called to live in the sequela Christi might do so with ever-greater fidelity. Grant that, day-by-day, your love might burn and your Spirit might blow more intensely within us. In the presence of the Mother of your Son, your angels and saints, and the whole heavenly court, we beg this grace in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

new book - una donna nella chiesa

Last year, a new book about Adrienne von Speyr, Adrienne von Speyr: Una Donna nella Chiesa, was published in Italian by Marcello Paradiso, an Italian theologian, who is a priest in the diocese of Termoli-Larino.

The book provides a wonderful summary of the major themes of Adrienne’s thought focused on her spirituality of vocation, confession, and obedience. From what I can understand from the work, Marcello advocates for Adrienne as a gift to the church’s continued need for reform and growth through a closeness to the mystical and spiritual traditions of the church.

For my Italian readers, I highly recommend this work and look forward to your comments about it as I presently do not speak or read Italian very well. If you would like to review this work and be published on this website, please send your interest to me on my contact page. Until then, enjoy this new scholarly work on Adrienne. Godere!

best bibliography in english

I am pleased to announce the most comprehensive bibliography in English of Adrienne von Speyr.

This accomplishment is significant in that it gathers together the complete catalog of Adrienne in English. This page will be updated frequently to help grow the next era of scholarship on Adrienne. She has been and will be such a gift to the Church. Will you step in?

Please support this research by donating. Thank you.

best secondary bibliography

Long in progress, I am pleased to announce the most comprehensive secondary bibliography on Adrienne von Speyr ever available.

This accomplishment is significant in that it gathers together the not yet connected scholars of Adrienne who are needing each other to grow toward the next era of scholarship on Adrienne. She has been and will be such a gift to the Church. Will you step in?

Please support this research by donating. Thank you.

jacques servais - scholars of adrienne series

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As we enter even deeper into this series of scholars of Adrienne series with the first and second, let’s enter into this new and special scholar.

I would like to introduce probably the one scholar who has been the most present spiritually to the movement of Adrienne in the Church. Please meet this wonderful scholar, Fr. Jacques Servais, S.J.. In spiritual, academic, and ecclesial works, Fr. Servais, a Jesuit with the highest academic credentials, has grown the significance of the spirituality of Adrienne, especially for young adult men through his Casa Balthasar and his new endeavors with the Accademia Balthasar. While I have not yet met Fr. Servais in person (we came close when I visited Rome in 2005), I have met several people touched by him, such as Fr. Justin Matro, O.S.B. and Nicolas Faguer. These good men presented the goodness of Fr. Servais. I am so thankful and I know you will be when you begin to enter his scholarship and ecclesial mission. Enjoy!

Articles

  • “Should We Engage Ourselves in the World or Make Ourselves Indifferent to All Things?,” Communio: International Catholic Review 32(2005):430–51
  • “The Evangelical Counsels and the Total Gift of Self,” Communio: International Catholic Review 31(2004):362–78
  • “Finding God in All Things,” Communio: International Catholic Review 30(2003):209–81
  • “Mary’s Role in the Incarnation,” Communio: International Catholic Review 30(2003):209–81
  • “La Dottrina teologico-spirituale della Preghiera secondo Adrienne von Speyr,” in I Quattro Universi di Discorso: Atti del Congresso internazionale Orationis Millenium. June 24–30, 2000 at the Cura di Giuseppe de Gennaro, L’Aquila (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2002)
  • “Freedom as Christ’s Gift to Man in the Thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar,” Communio: International Catholic Review 29(2002):556–78
  • “A Response from Jacques Servais,” New Oxford Review (September 2002):36–42
  • “Per una Valutazione dell’influsso di Adrienne von Speyr su Hans Urs von Balthasar,” presented at the XIV Colloquio Internazionale di Teologia, May 25–26, 2000, in Rivista Teologica di Lugano 6(2001):67–88
  • “Per una valutazione dell’influsso di Adrienne von Speyr su Hans Urs von Balthasar,” Rivista teologica di Lugano 6(2001):67-89
  • “Confession as a Sacrament of the Father of Mercy According to Adrienne von Speyr,” Communio 26(1999):343-57
  • “La Confession, Sacrament du Père de Miséricorde selon Adrienne von Speyr,” Communio: Revue Catholique Internationale 23–24(1998/99):103–118
  • “The Lay Vocation in the World according to Hans Urs von Balthasar,” Communio: International Catholic Review 23(1996):656–76
  • “The Ressourcement of Contemporary Spirituality under the Guidance of Adrienne von Speyr and Hans Urs von Balthasar,” trans David Louis Schindler, Jr. Communio 23(1996):300-321
  • “Ressourcement de la vie spirituelle aujourd’hui sous la conduite d’Adrienne von Speyr et de Hans Urs von Balthasar,” in Vermittlung als Auftrag: Vorträge am Symposion zum 90. Geburtstag von Hans Urs von Balthasar 27.–29. September 1995 in Fribourg (Schweiz), ed. Hans Urs von Balthasar Stiftung. (Freiburg im Breisgau: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 1995)
  • “Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Continuing Youthfulness of the Exercises,” Communio: International Catholic Review 21(1994):331–43
  • “The Community of St. John,” trans. Michael Waldstein, Communio 19(1992):208-19
  • “Adrienne von Speyr, l’inspiratrice méconnue,” France catholique (November 8, 1991):17–18

barbara albrecht - scholars of adrienne series

Continuing from my first post in this series highlighting scholars of Adrienne, our next scholar is the important early reader and friend of Adrienne, Barbara Albrecht.

Books

  • Durchblick in Texten, vol. 1 of Eine Theologie des Katholischen: Einführung in das Werk Adrienne von Speyrs. Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag, 1972.
  • Darstellung, vol. 2 of Eine Theologie des Katholischen: Einführung in das Werk Adrienne von Speyrs. Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag, 1973.

Articles

  • “Speyr (Adrienne von),” in Dictionnaire de spiritualité ascétique et mystique, doctrine et histoire, XIV (Paris: Beauchesne, 1990)
  • “Une femme dans l’Église: Adrienne von Speyr (1902–1967).” Vie consacreé 47 (1975): 33–45.”
  • “Kirche als Geheimnis des Lebens in der Sicht Adrienne von Speyrs” Christliche Innerlichkeit 10 (1974): 31–42.

balthasar on adrienne

Hans Urs von Balthasar

Here is a complete collection of Hans Urs von Balthasar's writings on Adrienne von Speyr. This list does not collect his citations of her in his own works or his introductions to her books. The primary works are his books First Glance and Our Task, which are so very essential to understanding both Balthasar and Adrienne. Enjoy!

Books

  • Erster Blick auf Adrienne von Speyr (Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 1989). Translated as First Glance at Adrienne von Speyr, trans. Antje Larry and Sergio Englund (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1981)
  • Unser Auftrag: Bericht und Weisung (Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 2004). Translated as Our Task: A Report and a Plan, trans. John Saward (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1994)

Co-authored

Symposium

  • Adrienne von Speyr und ihre kirchliche Sendung. Akten des römischen Symposiums (27-29 September 1985), edited by Hans Urs von Balthasar, Georges Chantraine, and Angelo Scola (Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 1986). Translated as La mission ecclésiale d'Adrienne von Speyr. Actes du colloque romain (27-29 septembre 1985) (Paris: Éditions Lethielleux and Culture et Vérité, 1986)

Articles

  • “Adrienne von Speyr (1902-1967). Die Miterfahrung der Passion und Gottverlassenheit,” Geist und Leben 58(1985):61-66
  • “Adrienne von Speyr et le sacrement de penitence,” Nouvelle Revue Théologique 107(1985):394-403
  • “Adriennes Charisma,” in Adrienne von Speyr und ihre kirchliche Sendung. Akten des römischen Symposiums (27-29 September 1985) (Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 1986), 173-78. Translated as “Le charisme d'Adrienne,” in La mission ecclésiale d'Adrienne von Speyr. Actes du colloque romain (27-29 septembre 1985) (Paris: Éditions Lethielleux and Culture et Vérité, 1986), 187-93.
  • “Das literarishe Werk Adriennes von Speyr,” in Adrienne von Speyr und Ihre Spirituelle Theologie: Die Referate am Symposion zu ihrem 100. Geburtstag 12. - 13. September 2002 in Freiburg im Breisgau, ed. Hans Urs von Balthasar Stiftung (Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 2002), 125-31
  • “Theologie des Abstiegs zur Hölle,” in Adrienne von Speyr und Ihre Spirituelle Theologie: Die Referate am Symposion zu ihrem 100. Geburtstag 12. - 13. September 2002 in Freiburg im Breisgau, ed. Hans Urs von Balthasar Stiftung (Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 2002), 138-46

michele schumacher - scholars of adrienne series

Michele Schumacher

michele schumacher - scholars of adrienne series

The mission of this website is dedicated to advancing the theological study of Adrienne von Speyr. As such, I am beginning a new series on highlighting the best scholars who have and who are working on understanding the world of Adrienne von Speyr. The first scholar I would like to highlight in this series is Dr. Michele Schumacher, a private docent on the theology faculty of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, who has been a regular speaker and writer for important Catholic institutions and publications in Europe and the United States.

Dr. Schumacher’s most important work so far on Adrienne is her excellent study A Trinitarian Anthropology: Adrienne Von Speyr and Hans Urs Von Balthasar in Dialogue With Thomas Aquinas, published by CUA Press in 2014, and will stand for a very long time as the definitive work on Adrienne’s theological anthropology. Of the many things I love about this book is the in-depth study of the intimate connections of the theologies of Adrienne and Balthasar.

As you will see below, she also has very many articles and chapters demonstrating her great accomplishments with furthering the theological study of Adrienne. Enjoy!

Select Bibliography (in English)

Books

Articles

  • "The Meaning of Freedom and the Redefinition of Marriage," Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 18(2015):113-122
  • "Ecclesial Existence: Person and Community in the Trinitarian Anthropology of Adrienne von Speyr," Modern Theology 24 (2008): 359-385
  • "A Speyrian Anthropology: The Expansion of Human Liberty to the Measure of the Divine," in Wisdom and Holiness, Science and Scholarship: Essays in Honor of Matthew L. Lamb, ed. Michael Dauphinais and Matthew Levering (Naples, FL: Sapientia Press, 2007), 315-352
  • "A Speyrian Theology of the Body," in The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body, ed. Donald Calloway (West Chester, PA: Ascension Press, 2005), 255-292
  • "The Nature of Nature in Feminism, Old and New: From Dualism to Complementary Unity," in Woman in Christ: Toward a New Feminism, ed. Michele Schumacher (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004), 17-51
  • “Leben in der Begegnung der Gaben. Die existentielle Theologie Adriennes von Speyr“ Internationale katholische Zeitschrift Communio 6 (November-December 2003): 601-614
  • "The Concept of Representation in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar," Theological Studies 60 (1999): 53-71

new primary domain, new primary mission

About a decade ago, I began this website vonspeyr.net as a way to share my doctoral research on Adrienne von Speyr. Here was my first post. That original idea has grown into being an international hub for connecting scholars, saints, speyrians, and so many others interested in Adrienne von Speyr.

I wish I could share the diversity and beauty of all those that have visited and learned from this website. For me, I have met all kinds of people in and outside the church that are fascinated by Adrienne — such as high ranking church officials, discerning atheists, intense mystics, exploring theologians, simple priests, exuberant sisters, and so many wonderful friends. Wow. The Lord has used this website for so much good in the church. And It all began with that one small yes to the inspiration to make a website devoted to Adrienne von Speyr

As this website enters into its second decade, I would like to guide this work into a new domain: adriennevonspeyr.net

The original vonspeyr.net works great as well as the other variants, adriennevonspeyr.com, and adriennevonspeyr.org.

The reason for the change is to make this website more clear about from whom we are learning, about whom we are talking, and for whom we are advocating.

Adrienne is a world, a saint, and a doctor of the church. I will speak more about these missions soon and I’m so excited to share about this news, but all in proper ecclesial time - Lent before Easter.

This website has been a passion and mission for me. The cost of this website is a worthy cause. I strive for designed beauty and substantive writing. All together this website costs $260 for one year of website domain management via hover.com and also website design via squarespace.com. These services are the best that I have found for consistent, safe, and beautiful hosting of this important mission. If you find this website valuable for yourself and others, please consider donating here.

Adrienne von Speyr with Medical Students

Thank you.

Please find all you need here at adriennevonspeyr.net and may God bless another decade of devotion to the study of Adrienne von Speyr. May she pray for us and this mission to know the Lord more fully and follow him more closely.