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Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (December 15, 2014): Suffering as a Means to Union with God

“I like to think that gradually, instead of being weighted down by your external cares, you’ll find yourself to some extent carried by them towards God, by the need you feel, in your love, to do something for him and … Continue reading

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

“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 … Continue reading

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The Death of Egoism and Union With God

“The death of egoism is to understand that one is an element in a universe that personalizes itself by [God uniting Himself with us and us responding to His call]. So it is no longer oneself that one loves in … Continue reading

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From The Teilhard Project: Teilhard de Chardin on Suffering

During his life, Teilhard de Chardin endured and witnessed a large amount of suffering from losing several siblings at a young age, to witnessing the physical suffering due to the carnage of World War I,to the mental anguish of having his visionary … Continue reading

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Teilhard de Chardin on the Redemption Suffering of the Passion

The following was written based upon his experience witnessing the carnage of trench warfare in World War I: What a vast ocean of human suffering spreads over the entire earth at every moment! Of what is this mass formed? Of … Continue reading

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Teilhard de Chardin on The Cross as Symbol of Future Union of Humanity

“[I]n spite of the profound readjustments that are being made in our phenomenal vision of the world, the Cross still stands; it rears itself up ever more erect at the common meeting place of all values and all problems, deep … Continue reading

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Sunday Reflection, Fifth Sunday of Lent (April 6, 2014): Transformation Through A God Who Shares Our Suffering

“Jesus wept.” — John 11:35 “God has entered so thoroughly into our pain, into our loss, into our fear, that he weeps for us. We don’t have a God that stands aloof from the human condition.” — Fr. Robert Barron … Continue reading

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God, Evolution, Teilhard de Chardin and the Problem of Innocent Suffering

One of the biggest challenges to the concept of the Christian God is the problem of evil and the suffering of innocents. People have been trying to reconcile an all-loving, all-powerful God with the existence of evil since the first … Continue reading

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Feast of Mother Teresa of Calcutta (September 5)

“I believe that we are not real social workers. We may be doing social work in the eyes of the people, but we are really contemplatives in the heart of the world. For we are touching the Body of Christ … Continue reading

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The Christian Wisdom of Tenderness: Jean Vanier on Lived Compassion, L’Arche and Becoming Human

The excellent National Public Radio program, On Being, had a replay of an interview with Canadian philosopher and Catholic social entrepreneur Jean Vanier.  I had heard this interview before and if anything, it was even more moving listening to it … Continue reading

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