Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (December 8, 2014): Origins of The Divine Milieu


“Yesterday, with the same pleasure as I always have, I received your letter of the 22nd. You are perfectly right, I think, in what you say about the necessity and difficulty in influencing souls from within. What gives me great satisfaction in this, so far as it affects you, is to see that you are being led by the necessities inherent in your life and the duties of your position to fall back on the Milieu divine, and to seek union with God as the first, and almost consciously experienced, condition for action.

It is thus, through a sort of deep rift, that God enters into the tangible reality of all that is most human in your life;—and once He has made his way in, he will never cease, you’ll find, gradually to extend His dominion until He invades anything.”

–– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Making of a Mind; Letters from a Soldier-Priest (p. 204)

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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6 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (December 8, 2014): Origins of The Divine Milieu

  1. Lynda says:

    That is my great hope – that God, having come into my life, will not stop until God has invaded every single corner of my existence in order that I may be made worthy of the calling to which God has called me. Wishing you every blessing during this reflective season of Advent.

  2. frankfrost2012 says:

    What a pleasure to read your quote of the week. I was just highlighting it as I was reading Making of a Mind last night! Hope your Advent is blessed, and your Christmas will be more so! Frank

    • Hi Frank:

      Thank you for your kind comments. It is ironic that we were reading the same passage. I love that book. Hope you have a having a wonderful Advent Season. Looking forward to updates on The Teilhard Project!

  3. Reading the comments here can be as inspiring as reading your blog William.

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