I heard a priest tell this story, and I thought it was so awesome, I looked it up on the Web so I could share it:
The great Swiss-German theologian Karl Barth delivered one of the closing lectures of his life at the University of Chicago Divinity School. At the end of the lecture, the president of the seminary told the audience that Dr. Barth was not well and was very tired, and though he thought Dr. Barth would like to open for questions, he probably could not handle the strain. Then he said, “Therefore, I’ll ask just one question on behalf of all of us.” He turned to Barth and asked, “Of all the theological insights you have ever had, which do you consider to be the greatest of them all?”
This was a remarkable question to ask a man who had written tens of thousands of pages of some of the most sophisticated theology ever put on paper. The students sat with pads and pencils ready. They wanted to jot down the premier insight of the greatest theologian of their time.
Karl Barth closed his eyes and thought for a while. then he smiled, opened his eyes, and said to the young seminarians, “The greatest theological insight that I have ever had is this: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so!”
According to Wikipedia, Pope Pius XII considered Barth the most important theologian since St. Thomas Aquinas.
And actually, I can sort of imagine St. Thomas Aquinas replying in much the same way as Barth to that question! :D
When it comes to what really matters most, one needn’t look much farther than a song one learned as a young child.
After all, even the Psalmist proclaims God as “[He] whose glory above the heavens is chanted by the mouths of babies and infants” (Ps. 8:1-2)!