From guest blogger Ilia DelioWe have just embarked on a new year, but I wonder what the “new” is? After all, we still have the same president and the same problems repeated daily on the “news blues.” Our New Year’s resolutions still harbor the same gripes and opinions.

We want to change, but we cannot seem to get beyond a cultural depression. Although we mark this new year as “2018” maybe we should mark it 4.5618 billion years (the approximate age of Earth) or 202,018, the approximate age of the Homo sapiens species. Continue reading “TIME TO BECOME ULTRA-HUMAN?” »

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From Guest blogger Louis Bélanger

I am from Québec City, Canada, and I organised recently a couple of activities to ‘experience’ in ‘real life’ Teilhard’s writings and ideas.

More on me later below for those interested in knowing more on my ‘démarche’, or ‘approach’, but let’s say I tend to be more on the ‘action’side and thus go to the essential as far as ideas are concerned, even though I am an artist and an intellectual as well (see below). This is why I wrote a ’12 points summary’ essay on Teilhard ideas (see the document appended).

The activities I organised recently were a Cosmic (evolution) walk, and a Noosphere-themed Labyrinth walk. These activities were held during a ‘5 days of Christian prayer’ held in November in Québec City. During the week, more than 50 different groups held 1-hour prayer sessions, in the style of their own spiritual practices.  Traditional groups from different Christian denominations coexisted with more ‘far fetched’ spiritual ones.  I was of course the one who organised these last!   I like to call myself the ‘cosmic churchwarden’ (I am church warden in my own parish). Continue reading “A COSMIC WALK AND A LABYRINTH WALK” »

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Merry Christmas to all

The following reflection and prayer by Guest Blogger Matthew Cook was inspired by Teilhard de Chardin and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

I am enlightened by what Teilhard and Hopkins said about anticipation and hope, but I am inspired by how they lived it. In fulfillment of their special vow to God, they accepted missions to places foreign to them, separated from colleagues, family, and friends. There they lived their last years and died. In the last few lines he ever wrote, Hopkins said “I want the one rapture of an Inspiration,” echoing his words in his first published poem, O, Christ, Christ, come quickly.

Here is my “on the way” prayer- beginning and ending with Hopkins’ words from his first poem.

Jesu Light, Jesu Heart, take and receive, all I have and all I am, so that You may have me and I may have Love, my true self, and happiness in the Source of All, the Love Energy of All, and the Rhythm and Harmony of All, now and forever. O, Christ, Christ, come quickly.



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God’s Transcendence

Thanks to guest blogger Mike McFarland for the following reflection.  

This article discusses God’s transcendence.  The article’s viewpoint stays consistent with the viewpoint of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s The Phenomenon of Man.

God, the Creator, has existed eternally.  We, created by God through His Son, Jesus, have existed, as individuals for less than a dozen decades, and as humanity for less than a quarter of a million years 1.  God exists, however, in a realm of perfection, a term that, given its use today, needs definition. 

God’s perfection, as used here, means possessing these characteristics, among others, without bound:  love and justice; inerrancy and universal knowledge; power and intelligence; goodness and reality.  God lives in a degree of something like goodness, so great that believers call it ‘holiness’, completely devoid of evil. 

 Each of these characteristics God possesses to a degree that is infinite.  What does ‘infinite’ mean?  Infinity refers to an extent or to a degree so great, that if a quantity consists of a number raised to any power, that quantity can also be raised to any power without approaching this extent or degree.

 Only God is perfect.  We are not.  No combination of human consciousnesses will ever become more than finite or ever become an infinite or perfect consciousness, as is God.  We live in a bounded, finite realm. 

 We worship God.  Only God deserves our worship, our adoration.  If we worship humanity, its institutions, or the combinations of its consciousnesses, then we worship created realities, and we worship them wrongly.  Because of God’s transcendence and perfection, because of qualities infinite in degree, God deserves our respect.  Conscious of God’s perfection in comparison to our limits, we see our respect of God becoming worship of God. 

 God’s justice, goodness and consciousness live on in the realm of perfection.  Infinitely greater and more real than our justice, goodness and consciousness, they exist in God’s perfection.

 Parenthetically:  yet God did something incredibly phenomenal – “the true God and Son of God” became “true man”. 2

 Teilhard de Chardin may have expressed thoughts inconsistent with these thoughts in some writings:  letters to friends, articles, essays, books.  It seems to me that thoughts expressed outside of The Phenomenon of Man do not lead us closer to the truth itself as much as they enlighten us about changes in the thought of Teilhard.  All the thoughts expressed in this article remain consistent, however, with what he wrote in The Phenomenon of Man.


  1. http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/human-fossils/species/australopithecus-afarensis
  2. “Of the Incarnation of the Word according to the Tradition of Holy Scripture”, Jacques Maritain, maritain.nd.edu, Jacques Maritain Center, GC4.27
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When John Haught, a theologian and Teilhard scholar was interviewed by journalists about the proposed proposed lifting of the Vatican’s 1962 warning against Teilhard de Chardin’s writings, he replied that “most of those who really care about Teilhard had already dismissed the relevance of the 1962 Monitum long ago. It was ignored, for example, during the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). In fact the imprint of Teilhard’s thought is all over one of its main documents, ‘The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World’.”  

John Haught and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

In support of his opinion, Haught referred to his 2015 book Resting on the Future. “I would add,” he sad, “now that the very qualities of that document that Ratzinger found too ‘French’ are the ones that have endeared me to the document and that I believe are essential to Catholicism’s long term survival. I could not resist adding an excerpt from Resting on the Future which I think is applicable more than ever today.” Continue reading “A SCHOLAR’S REACTION” »

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