The darkness is still with us, O Lord. You are still hidden and the world which you have made does not want to know you or receive you…You are still the hidden child in a world grown old…You are still obscured by the veils of this world’s history, you are still destined not to be acknowledged in the scandal of your death on the cross…But I, O hidden Lord of all things, boldly affirm my faith in you. In confessing you, I take my stand with you….If I make this avowal of faith, it must pierce the depths of my heart like a sword, I must bend my knee before you, saying, I must alter my life. I have still to become a Christian.
–Karl Rahner, Prayers For Meditation, qtd. in Norris, The Cloister Walk, p. 114