Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (January 20, 2014): Death of the Ego and Rebirth in Christ


Courtesy of Michael Kenney at Journey Towards Easter:

“Christ consumes with his glance my entire being. And with that same glance, that same presence, he enters into those who are around me and whom I love. Thanks to him therefore I am united with them, as in a divine milieu, through their inmost selves, and I can act upon them with all the resources of my being…

 …Once a man has resolved to live generously in love with God and his fellow-men, he realises that so far he has achieved nothing by the generous renunciations he has made in order to perfect his own inner unity. This unity in its turn must, if it is to be born anew in Christ, suffer an eclipse which will seem to annihilate it. For in truth those will be saved who dare to set the center of their being outside themselves, who dare to love Another more than themselves, and in some sense become this Other: which is to say, who dare to pass through death to find life. Si quis vult animam suam salvam facere, perdet eam…

 …The salvation of the soul must be bought at the price of a great risk incurred and accepted: we have, without reservation, to stake earth against heaven; we have to give up the secure and tangible unity of the egocentric life and risk everything on God. ‘If the grain of wheat does not fall into the ground and die, it remains just a grain.”

Hymn of the Universe (1965), pp.119-121, Harper Collins.

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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14 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (January 20, 2014): Death of the Ego and Rebirth in Christ

  1. mkenny114 says:

    Thanks for the acknowledgement 🙂 I do like this quote – this, and others from Hymn of the Universe, give me the impression sometimes that Teilhard de Chardin will one day be counted among the great mystics of the Church.

    In this passage in particular, he examines one of the central sayings of Christ, something almost taken for granted by most of us a lot of the time, and enters into its meaning at a level that opens the words up again for us, reinvigorating them with the freshness and urgency that are always waiting within. This, I think, is the mark of someone with great spiritual vision.

    • Michael:

      I agree with you about Teilhard’s mysticism. I read Hymn of the Universe when I was on a retreat a couple of years ago and was mesmerized by it. Teilhard had a deep relationship with Christ which he wanted to share but sometimes linguistics got in the way.

      W. Ockham

  2. “For in truth those will be saved who dare…”

    Is this verse talking about altruism?

  3. claire46 says:

    Kenosis. A journey… Thank you for the quote 🙂

  4. Linda says:

    Can relate to this quote by teilhard. Awakening/ enlightenment is not a cake walk…… Yet the only path that makes any sense.

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  5. Lynda says:

    “Christ consumes with his glance my entire being.” I could reflect on that sentence for a lifetime, especially the first two words “Christ consumes” because once a person falls in love with Christ, there is no turning back for this love will consume the person. Thank you so much for this post.

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