social grace is about relations, about the elevation of human relations to the point of being an imitation of and even a participation in divine circumincession
, as the Latin Fathers called it, aids in understanding the Christian notion of Divine Oneness--Islam's tawhid, which is best equated not with the Trinity, but rather with the term "homoousios.
Lossky shows that hypostasis or person is irreducible to nature or to being a kind or an instance of a kind and that (for ancient Patristic theology) the divine persons are "subsistent relations" such that there is a circumincession
of the divine "nature" among the unique persons, and not by being the negation of other persons.
is the term Blondel uses to depict the process through which human-being can achieve its destiny as reassimilated to the supernatural by saying "yes or no" to God.
The self is its own predicate: as the self selves, so the world worlds, in circumincession
or perichoresis: each at once around and within the other.
So intimately and inextricably do they participate in one another's reality that Y ves Congar resorted to a term from Trinitarian theology -- circumincession
, or perichoresis -- to express their dynamic co-presence in one another, distinct yet internally inter-dependent.
Truth itself is thus positively constituted by difference when viewed as the mutual disclosure of the "whole" depth-dimension of being, that is, when the event of encounter expresses the circumincession
of the transcendentals in dramatic Gestalten.
One may legitimately object that the form/content distinction, if too positivistically or mechanistically understood, represents an immobile theory, disallowing true development and ignoring the necessary circumincession
between the two elements, a coinherence clearly illustrated from the worlds of literature, art and music.
Balthasar interpreted them as a form of perichoresis or circumincession
, an analogical participation by us in the "mutual indwelling" of the divine Persons of the Trinity through the Holy Spirit, who has universalized the personal missions of Peter, Paul, etc.