Earlier this week, The Teilhard Project had an outstanding reflection from poet and author Charles C. Finn. Finn has a poets flair for capturing the essence of Teilhard’s vision in a short post. I encourage you to read the entire reflection here but set forth below is an excerpt:
“It was Teilhard de Chardin who opened the door for me into a new universe back in my Jesuit years. Scientist, priest, visionary, cosmic storyteller, poet, mystic—how hard it is to capture all that he was and stood for. “Such has been my experience in contact with the earth—the diaphany of the Divine at the heart of the universe on fire”—this from The Divine Milieu gives us a clue into why Teilhard received such opposition from conservative religious establishment and materialistic scientific community alike. He was far too Earth-enchanted for the former, far too mystical for the latter. His shift of emphasis from redemption to creation (not creation at the beginning of time, genesis, but evolution’s continuing creation, cosmogenesis) was considered by his Church so radical that his works were not allowed to be published while he was alive.
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We are all of us together carried in the one world womb, yet each is our own little microcosm in which the Incarnation is wrought independently with degrees of intensity and shades that are incommunicable.
Close your eyes and surrender to suffering as to a great loving energy.
God must be as vast as the universe and as warm as a human heart, and incomparably more besides. That is all we can say.”
Teilhard has opened that door for me as well. I marvel at his choice of words and the enlightenment with which he saw the Earth and God’s continuing evolutionary action in all things. I find it overwhelmingly awe-some at times. Thank you for sharing this reflection.
Teilhard should have been a tad more careful.
I believe Teilhard knew what he was doing, or at least Teilhard had ultimate confidence in God and that he was aligned with God’s plan for him.