The Continuing Influence of Teilhard de Chardin


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.’

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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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3 Responses to The Continuing Influence of Teilhard de Chardin

  1. Lynda says:

    “…the Whole, which is Christ” says everything I ever need to hear. Yes, Christ is the Whole. The article was heartwarming. Thank you.

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