Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (February 10, 2014): Communion with Others


It happens sometimes that a man who is pure of heart will discern in himself, besides the happiness which brings peace to his own individual desires and affections, a quite special joy, springing from a source outside himself, which enfolds him in an immeasurable sense of well being. This is the flowing back into his own diminutive personality of the new glow of health which Christ through his Incarnation has infused into humanity as a whole: in him, souls are gladdened with a feeling of warmth, for now they can live in communion with one another. They see with amazement that the monstrous multitude of human kind forms but one heart and one soul, indistinguishable from the Heart and Soul of Christ. But if they are to share in this joy and this vision they must first of all have had the courage to break through the narrow confines of their individuality, depersonalize themselves, so to speak, in order to become centered in Christ.

Teilhard de Chardin, Writings in the Time of War, p. 111.

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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13 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (February 10, 2014): Communion with Others

  1. Donna says:

    I just returned from a retreat house where we directed people in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius during the month of January. This quote speaks volumes about this experience. Thank you!

  2. claire46 says:

    Reblogged this on A Seat At The Table and commented:
    A beautiful quote to start this week.
    Wishing each one of us a similar ‘Teilhardesque’ experience ♡

  3. true – true…
    I recall, it was an extraordinary difficult task for me to read Teilhard at one time… I’m so glad to see his work here – it sheds light onto my past in the decades where I’d not even realized his works were influencing my thinking. and sometimes a rescue
    ~ Eric

  4. paarsurrey says:

    @ William Ockham
    Sorry for a little interruption ; and being off-topic.

    I thank you for visiting my blog and I appreciate that you liked it.
    “Here He Goes Again: Sam Harris’s Falsehoods”

  5. paarsurrey says:

    I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim. Quran does not mention of any incarnation of Jesus. Instead of others defining it; I would like it in Jesus’ words.
    Anybody please

  6. Lynda says:

    Teilhard has left us so much to ponder. Thank you for this quote.

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