Teilhard’s “Mass on the World” Video

MOTW title 2-sTeilhard de Chardin’s  mystical essay “Mass on the World” was performed at Georgetown University April 9, 2015.  It was staged to honor its author on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his death.  A video of this performance can be seen here.  This 28-minute version consists of excerpts taken from the much longer text of the full Mass on the World.

In the summer of 1923 Teilhard de Chardin was working a paleontological dig on the edge of the Ordos Desert in Inner Mongolia.   As a priest he had always tried to say Mass daily. So when camping out in primitive conditions made this impossible, his let his mystical sense take hold. The Eucharist for him was more than a matter of consecrating and offering up tokens of bread and wine.

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Teilhard Seminar video available

20150409 President 0029      Panel members: John F. Haught, PhD;  Ilia Delio OSF, PhD; Frank Frost, PhD
(moderator);  John Grim, PhD; and Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD.

Georgetown University recently honored Teilhard de Chardin on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his death, by hosting a seminar and a multi-media presentation of Teilhard’s Mass on the World. A stellar panel of Teilhard scholars engaged in a lively discussion before a full house on “Teilhard de Chardin: His Importance in the 21st Century.”

We are pleased to say that the video is now available on the Georgetown University website. To access the video, click here.

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Eugene Kennedy dies

Eugene Kennedy diesWe note with great sadness the passing of Eugene Kennedy, a member of the Teilhard de Chardin Project’s Honorary Board.  And a wonderful friend for many years, since we first collaborated on the television documentary, “Bernardin.”  May he bring his intelligence, wit, and deep sense of spirit to others in heaven as on earth.


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“Come and See” — Reflections of a Life-long Teilhardian

by Daniel Driscoll

As friends and associates may recall, I have been something of a life-long devotee in respect to the spiritual vision of the French Jesuit scientist and ‘seer’, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Normally when I open a new book dealing with philosophical or theological content I check the Index to see if the author includes Teilhard in citation; and on first entering a book-lending or sales outlet, I tend to check the Inventory File to discover what ‘Teilhard books’ might be found there. For instance, in our local Seminary Library (Halifax, Canada); now referred to as a ‘School of Theology’) the handful of cards for titles ‘by or about Teilhard’ is nearly two inches thick; of course this can be deceiving; going to stacks and checking loan-history slips may reveal that the volume has not been actually read by many. Continue reading ““Come and See” — Reflections of a Life-long Teilhardian” »

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A Reflection on Seeing

This post comes to us from Michael McFarland, Notre Dame University

Those who wish to be leaders in our own day and in the future would do well to read The Phenomenon of Man, for what it says about vision. We are in the midst of ISIS, a quasi-nation that stands in relation to nations as a virus to cells, rises up to kill and to wage war. Whole countries strive to destroy other countries, and the situation looks apocalyptic.

What does a nation need for survival? The proverb goes, “Without vision, a nation perishes.” So, our times need citizens and, among them, leaders who possess vision. Plato regarded courage as a combination of boldness and wisdom. Wisdom includes vision. So, vision forms an obviously important part of courage. Where does a young person get vision?

Let me present a reflection on the foreword to The Phenomenon of Man. Teilhard called the foreword, “On Seeing”.   Continue reading “A Reflection on Seeing” »

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