A contemplation for today, from Hans Urs von Balthasar:
After a mother has smiled at her child for many days and weeks, she finally receives her child’s smile in response.
She has awakened love in the heart of her child, and as the child awakens to love, it also awakens to knowledge: the initially empty-sense impressions gather meaningfully around the core of the Thou.
Knowledge (with its whole complex of intuition and concept) comes into play, because the play of love has already begun beforehand, initiated by the mother, the transcendent . .