Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (December 2, 2013)

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“[W]hen one understands how physical and immediate is the omni-influence of Christ, the vigor assumed by every detail of the Christian life is quite astonishing; it gains an emphasis never dreamt of by those who are frightened of the realistic view of the mystery of the Incarnation. Take charity, for example, that complete change of attitude so insistently taught by Christ. It has nothing in common with our colorless philanthropy, but represents the essential affinity which brings men closer together, not in the superficial sphere of sensible affections or earthly interests, but in building up the pleroma. The possibility, and even the obligation of doing everything for God (‘Quidquid facitis, in nomine Domini nostri Jesu Christi facite’) are no longer based solely on the virtue of obedience, or solely on the moral value of intention; they can be explained, in short, only by the marvelous grace, instilled into every human effort, no matter how material, of effectively cooperating, through its physical result, in the fulfillment of the body of Christ.”

Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre (2002-11-18). Christianity and Evolution (Harvest Book, Hb 276) (Kindle Locations 898-907). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

 

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 (www.teilhard.com) 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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2 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (December 2, 2013)

  1. Lynda says:

    I appreciate the phrase “the omni-influence of Christ” as it reaches into every single corner of the universe. Yes, when we act out of love for God the same act takes on a whole new meaning due to God’s grace. Reading Teilhard requires focus but it is so inspiring and the reward for persistence is great.

  2. Ponder Anew says:

    Beautiful. All things in Him and for Him through fraternal charity.

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