Advent Fire in the Earth

Fire In the Earth

It is done.
Once again the Fire has penetrated the earth
Not with the sudden crash of thunderbolt,
riving the mountain tops;
does the Master break down doors to enter his own home?
Without earthquake, or thunderclap:
the flame has lit us the whole world from within.
All things individually and collectively
are penetrated and flooded by it,
from the inmost core of the tiniest atom
to the mighty sweep of the most universal lawas of being:
so naturally has it flooded every element, every energy
every connecting link in th eunity of our cosmos,
that one might suppose the cosmos to have burst
spontaneously into flame.
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Sounds like something I would write, doesn’t it? Only better!

Keep living in God’s holy love. Let’s run, run, run — because time is short!
– St. Catherine of Siena

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  • Pam

    On June 30, 1962, the Holy Office issued a monitum (warning) regarding the writings of Father Teilhard de Chardin. In 1981 the Holy See reiterated this warning against rumors that it no longer applied. Following is the text of both the monitum and the 1981 statement:

    “Several works of Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, some of which were posthumously published, are being edited and are gaining a good deal of success.

    “Prescinding from a judgement about those points that concern the positive sciences, it is sufficiently clear that the above-mentioned works abound in such ambiguities and indeed even serious errors, as to offend Catholic doctrine.

    “For this reason, the most eminent and most revered Fathers of the Holy Office exhort all Ordinaries as well as the superiors of Religious institutes, rectors of seminaries and presidents of universities, effectively to protect the minds, particularly of the youth, against the dangers presented by the works of Fr. Teilhard de Chardin and of his followers.

    “Given at Rome, from the palace of the Holy Office, on the thirtieth day of June, 1962.

    Sebastianus Masala, Notarius”

    In the middle of the century, a strand of Modernism erupted through
    the writings of Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, leading to Pope Pius
    XII’s 1950 encyclical

    [What's you're point, Pam? That anything by de Chardin is anathema, and I'm not allowed - on my own blog - to use a poem that is included in the my church-approved breviary - and whose sentiments appear in no way to contradict anything about church teaching, and which amusingly reflect some of my own writing? Is that your point? -admin]