The article below appeared in the Independent Catholic News this week:
The French philosopher, palaeontologist and geologist, Fr Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ is the focus for the Society of Jesus this January, as he features in the commemorative calendar produced by the Jesuits in Britain.
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The January essay on Teilhard de Chardin was written by Fr Christopher Corbally SJ, a British Jesuit Jesuit working at the Vatican Observatory. While Fr Corbally did not meet the French Jesuit himself, he acknowledges in his essay the great influence he had upon him and his vocation: ‘Teilhard’s thought and spirituality are so rich that I am only able to touch on a small part of them,’ he writes. ‘My selection comes from aspects that have been and remain helpful to me as a Jesuit priest and astronomer for the Vatican Observatory. These aspects have particularly dealt with the interpenetration of matter with spirit. It is this interpenetration that makes the work I do as an astronomer, even the tedious parts, totally spiritual while also totally material. They form an element of the progress of the Universe, human and everything else, into the Whole, which is Christ.’