Writings in Time of War Pierre Teilhard deChardin Written at the front and in the trenches during World War I, these essays contain the core of Teilhard deChardin's thought. His central theme is the unity of all life.
"God, the personal and loving Infinite, is the Source, the motive Force and the End of the Universe."
"The deeper I descend into myself, the more I find God at the heart of my being."
"There is in the universe only one single individuality (one single monad), that of the whole."
"I looked around and I saw, as though in an ecstasy, that through all nature I was immersed in God."
"The bosom of Mother Earth is in some way the bosom of God."
"Only a long and patient struggle can teach us the operative power of faith and show us what it can achieve."
"God has made good will the basis upon which our supernatural growth is founded. The pure heart, the right intention, are the organs of the higher life towards which all the soul's hopes are directed."
"The more we lose all foothold in the darkness and instability of the future, the more deeply we penetrate into God."
"God, who is as immense and all-embracing as matter, and at the same time as warm and intimate as a soul, is the Centre who spreads through all things."
"Souls are not a group of isolated monads…they make up one single whole with the universe."
"Charity [love] safeguards the development of the universe and keeps it to the true path of its progress. Moral effort is the continuation in our souls of the same dynamic effort that gave us our bodies."
"Every encounter that brings me a caress, that spurs me on, that comes as a shock to me, that bruises or breaks me, is a contact with the hand of God, which assumes countless forms and yet always commands our worship. Every element of which I am made up is an overflow from God."
"Every being…has its own particular essence crowned by a certain quality, a certain form (common to all) which makes it an integral, rightly adapted, part of the single Whole with which it shares a natural harmony."
"In everything in me that has subsistence and resonance, in everything that enlarges me from within, that arouses me, attracts me, or wounds me from without, it is you, Lord, who are at work upon me – it is you who mould and spiritualize my formless clay – you that change me into yourself."
"All living beings are but one being."
"The sum of our souls is the potentiality of Some Thing, not yet made, which is to emerge from their mass. Collective aspirations accompany and assist this organic work, greater than ourselves, which is effected in each one of us. It is the function of Morality to guide our free decisions into fruitful and obedient co-operation in this task."
"Precisely because there exists in all beings a common centre, scattered and separable though they are in appearance, they meet together at a deeper level. The more they perfect themselves naturally and sanctify themselves in grace, the more they come together and fuse into one, within the single, unifying Centre to which they aspire: and we may call that Centre equally well the point upon which they converge, or the ambiance in which they float. All these reachings-out that draw beings together and unify them constitute the axis of all individual and collective life."
"Seek in utter darkness the dawn of God."
"Every being can subsist and hold together only through confluence with others."
"Like knots spaced out along a cord, or like the folds into which a single curtain falls, or the eddies forming on one and the same surface, everything that moves and lives in the universe represents, in one particular aspect, the modifications of one and the same thing."
"In the domain of morality the Divine and the Terrestrial meet and are fused into one."
"Love is the conscious mark in us of the act that creates us by melting us into one."
"Evolution is holy. There we have the truth that makes us free."
"Of one thing, at least, we may be certain: we have all the strength necessary to complete the work of Spirit upon earth. Our future is in our own hands."
"From the pantheist point of view, everything in the universe is seen to be radically One, Absolute, and Divine."