Teilhard de Chardin: His Importance in the 21st Century (Georgetown University, June 23, 2015)

Teilhard de Chardin’s Mass on the World, as performed at Georgetown University, April 9, 2015, marking (on April 10) the 60th anniversary of his death.

“Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.“

“I have experienced no form of self-development without some feminine eye turned on me, some feminine influence at work.”

“You can well imagine, accordingly, how strong was my inner feeling of release and expansion when I took my first still hesitant steps into an ’evolutionary’ Universe, and saw that the dualism in which I had hitherto been enclosed was disappearing like the mist before the rising sun. Spirit and Matter: these were no longer two separate things, but two states or two aspects of one and the same cosmic Stuff….”

“I believe the universe is evolving. And this evolution moves toward spirit. I believe that spirit, in man, leads to the personal. And that the supreme Personal is Christ.“

“Love is the most universal, most mysterious and most awesome of all cosmic energies.”

“Considered in its full biological reality, love ~ that is to say, the attraction of being to being ~ is not peculiar to humans. It is a general property of all life.”

“Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come into being. This is no metaphor; and it is much more than poetry.”