Sarton/de Chardin/Grünewald


grunewald 1 Matthias Grünewald, panel from the Isenheim Altarpiece

From May Sarton’s, Journal of a Solitude:

I opened Teilhard de Chardin (The Divine Milieu) to this passage this morning:

The masters of the spiritual life incessantly repeat that God wants only souls. To give those words their true value, we must not forget that the human soul, however independently created our philosophy represents it as being, is inseparable, in its birth and in its growth, from the universe into which it is born. In each soul, God loves and partly saves the whole world which that soul sums up in an incommunicable and particular way. But this summing-up, this wielding, are not given to us ready-made and complete with the first awakening of consciousness. It is we who, through our own activity, must industriously assemble the widely scattered elements. The labour of seaweed as it concentrates in its tissues…

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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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One Response to Sarton/de Chardin/Grünewald

  1. Lynda says:

    As I read the entire post on trueoutsider, I was struck by the need for Ignation detachment when we desire to accomplish something outside the box. Thanks for connecting us with this post.

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