Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Patient Trust

"Patient Trust"

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you. Your ideas mature gradually – let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste.

Don't try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.

Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (1881-1955)

The conclusion is always the same

The conclusion is always the same:
love is the most powerful
and still the most unknown
energy of the world.

~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Harnessing the energies of love

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

~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (from Kathleen Roy)

Love is the only force

Love is the only force that can make things one without destroying them.

~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The world has been gradually lighting up and blazing before my eyes

Throughout my whole life, during every minute of it, the world has been gradually lighting up and blazing before my eyes until it has come to surround me, entirely lit up from within.

~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Fold your wings, my soul

Fold your wings, my soul,
those wings you had spread wide to soar
to the terrestrial peaks where light is
most ardent: it is for you to simply waith
the descent of the Fire —
supposing it to be willing to take possession of you.

~ by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Spiritual beings having human experiences

We are not human beings having spiritual experiences; we are spiritual beings have human experiences.

~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Fold your wings, my soul

Fold your wings, my soul,
those wings you had spread wide
to soar to the terrestrial peaks
where the light is most ardent:
it is for you simply to wait
the descent of the Fire --
supposing it to be willing
to take possession of you.

~ from HYMN TO THE UNIVERSE by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

We shall harness for God the energies of love

The day will come when, after harnessing space,
the winds, the tides, and gravitation,
we shall harness for God the energies of love.
And on that day,
for the second time in the history of the world,
we shall have discovered fire.

~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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