Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (October 6, 2014): Overcoming Suffering

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“By no means the least disturbing aspect of the problem of evil, is this powerlessness of the world to develop successfully, I won’t say the best, but at any rate a good part of itself. . . When you’re confronted with this mystery, it’s a good thing, as you so well said, to abandon yourself to the masterful current, as divine when it cancels out our efforts as when it carries us forward. After all, what really matters is surely to be united with God, and to fall in with the movements He imposes on us, whatever they may be. And is it not as beautifying to feel the influence of Him we love exert itself to make us less (as his wisdom plans) rather than greater?—to go back to Blondel’s words that you copied for me, ‘ the action of others on ourselves ‘ is more clearly seen in sorrow than in enjoyment, and the same is thus true of the resulting joy.”

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Making of a Mind; Letters from a Soldier-Priest (p. 176)

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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One Response to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (October 6, 2014): Overcoming Suffering

  1. Cindy says:

    I was just catching up on some rdeiang this morning and came to this post. Not only does it match my experience, but it also was right-timed for today. Thanks for such a lovely series and for being a Blessing today especially.

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