Saturday, May 23, 2020
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a Jesuit priest, paleontologist, and theologian who died in 1955.
All of his writings were suppressed during his lifetime and his works were published only after his death.
His theological views were considered to be suspect, but today they are studied and acclaimed for their insight for the joining of theology and science.
His major works are: “The Phenomenon of Man”; “The Divine Milieu”; “The Future of Man”; “The Heart of the Matter”; and “Hymn of the Universe.”
Here is a short reflection of his:
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability--and that it may take a very long time.
And so, I think it is with you:
your ideas mature gradually--let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing
That His hand is leading you
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ