Finding God Through Ocean Surfing: Fr. Christian Mondor (Part I)

One of the goals of this blog is to cite to current articles on spiritual leaders who live the philosophy of Teilhard de Chardin. The first two articles are from Southern California Public Radio and highlight Fr. Christian Mondor, an 88-year old Franciscan monk who find God in the ocean and in surfing, which he started later in life. An excerpt from the first  article:

“In the blue room surfers know, he found a deep connection to Catholicism.

‘I love duck diving,’ he says, referring to the way surfers duck under a wave as they paddle out into position. ‘You immerse yourself into this amazing ocean, coming up on the other side of that wave, breathing the fresh air, like new, it’s like a baptism almost, every time you go under a wave. And it’s no accident that Jesus chose water as a symbol of new life, that he came to offer us. Through the waters of baptism we are introduced to a whole new life.'”

I encourage you to read the full article here.

Happy Belated Earth Day.
W. Ockham

About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog ( explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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