Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (April 7, 2014): Everything That Rises Must Convert (Part II)

Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O’Connor

“In short we may say that faith in Man, by the combined effect of its universality and its elemental quality, shows itself upon examination to be the general atmosphere in which the higher, more elaborated forms of faith which we all hold in one way or another may best (indeed can only) grow and come together. It is not a formula, it is the environment of union.

No one can doubt that we are all more or less affected by this elementary, primordial faith. Should we otherwise truly belong to our time? And if, through the very force of our spiritual aspirations, we have been inclined to mistrust it, even to feel that we are immune from it, we must look more closely into our own hearts. I have said that the soul has only one summit. But it has also only one foundation. Let us look well and we shall find that our Faith in God, detached as it may be, sublimates in us a rising tide of human aspirations. It is to this original sap that we must return if we wish to communicate with the brothers and sister with whom we seek to be united.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The Future of Man (Kindle Locations 2905-2913).


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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8 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (April 7, 2014): Everything That Rises Must Convert (Part II)

  1. claire46 says:

    My weekly treat 🙂

  2. always glad to see you yielding to one of the south’s grande dames of literature 😉
    Such wonderful food for thought for both mind and soul this wet Monday Morning
    Here is wishing you a warming Spring as we head toward the celebration of the mysterious lynchpin of our faith–the blessed Resurrection —
    hugs William–

    • Hi Julie:

      Thank you for the kind comments. Until a few months ago, it had been 25 years since I read Flannery O’Connor and I connect with her work now in a way that I did not then. Certainly it is a sign of maturity and life’s experiences. She is an amazing writer and one of the South’s literary treasures :-).

      Yes, I am looking forward to Palm Sunday and Holy Week. The long winter and the late Easter coincide very nicely this year :-).

      Peace and Hugs,
      W. Ockham

  3. Lynda says:

    Everything rests on the foundation of our faith and to this we must return and remain in God’s love. Thank you. I look forward to these quotes every week also.

  4. I know several atheists that disagree. However, I know a few that became agnostic; being unsure and a few that now pray or believe that there is a loving presence in stillness of mindful meditations.
    As to scientific evidence, there is plenty that indicates that we can have healthy spiritual experiences of stillness/mindful loving presence and I blog about this just about every week because there are healthful techniques that anyone can use to increase well-being.
    Rest, diet, exercise, stress reduction and relaxation meditations are simple things that people can use to free themselves of the turmoil that generally allows people to see that they are passing up health benefits when they decline to adopt a simple acceptance that there is a peaceful energy available to them.
    ~ Eric

    • Hi Eric:

      Thank you for stopping by. I know a lot of atheists who disagree also :-). I enjoy your work and your emphasis on mindfulness. Stepping back and reflecting on meaning and purpose, as well as taking time for yourself is a message that is sorely needed in contemporary Western society. As I mentioned, I have a strong personal interest in this effort, whether it be in a spiritual context or outside of it. I especially enjoy you highlighting the work of Richard Davidson at UW-Madison, who is someone I am very familiar with :-).

      W. Ockham

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