Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sunday Reflection; 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time (June 30, 2013) (Freedom in Christ)

One of the comments I hear from people (both non-believers and believers) on religion in general and Christianity in particular is that it is a stifling set of rules that limit human freedom.  These people view commitment to a belief … Continue reading

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Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul: Unity in Diversity

Today is the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul.  Both of these great Saints have other Feast days (The Chair of St. Peter is celebrated on February 22 and the Conversion of St. Paul is celebrated on January 25), … Continue reading

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St. Irenaeus and Teilhard de Chardin

“The glory of God is humanity fully alive.” — St. Irenaeus Today is the Feast Day of St. Irenaeus (Orthodox Church celebrates St. Irenaeus on August 23).  St. Irenaeus was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, then a part of the Roman Empire (now Lyons, France), the area where … Continue reading

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Life of Teilhard de Chardin: Intellectual Foundations and Paleontology Beginnings (1908 – 1914)

From Cairo, Pierre returned to England to complete his theological studies at Ore Place in Hastings. During the years 1908 to 1912 Teilhard lived the rigorously disciplined life of a Jesuit scholastic.  It was here that his scientific and theological … Continue reading

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Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (June 24, 2013): Christ and Science

“Science alone cannot discover Christ, but Christ fulfills the desires which spring up in our hearts from the teachings of science.” — From Science and Christ (quoted in Robert Speaight, the “The Life of Teilhard de Chardin“).

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Life of Teilhard de Chardin: Early Jesuit Formation (1899 – 1908)

Teilhard de Chardin entered the Jesuit novitiate in France in March 1899.   Teilhard’s training as a Jesuit provided him with the thoughtful stimulation to continue his devotion both to scientific investigation of the earth and to cultivation of a life … Continue reading

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Solemnity of St. John the Baptist

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. John the Baptist.  One of the things I really like about Christianity is its universality and its adaptability to different cultures.  Perhaps the best example of that is the date established for the … Continue reading

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