Today is the 134th birthday of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
What were the hopes of his mother, Berthe-Adele, and his father, Emmanuel, on that day May 1, 1881, when their fourth child was born? They would transmit to this boy the fiery piety of his mother and the observant attention to nature of his father. But they could not have foreseen all the drama awaiting the life of this child. Nor the transformative influence he would exercise in the Catholic Church and the world, long after his life ended.
We celebrate today his contributions to our world, rife with contention between science and religion, eagerly seeking to see where continuing evolution will lead us.