Charity and progress


“Christian detachment subsists wholly in this wider attitude of mind: but instead of ‘leaving behind’ it leads on; instead of cutting off, it raises. It is no longer a breakaway but a way through; no longer a withdrawal but an act of emerging. Without ceasing to be itself, Charity spreads like an ascending force, like a common essence at the heart of all forms of human activity, whose diversity is finally synthesized in the rich totality of a single operation. Like Christ Himself, and in His image, it is universalized, it acquires a dynamic and is humanized by the fact of doing so.”

– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Future of Man, p. 88


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