Saturday, May 7, 2011
In the Introduction to "The New Spiritual Exercises" we are told that "it is a revisoning of the original Exercises as Teilhard might envision and re-create them if he were alive today. The Exercises focus upon the graces and blessings God gives us "for consciously creating a positive difference in our world." We are all involved in a cosmic project that God envisioned almost fourteen billion years ago at the first moment of creation. This great creation project is still going forward and we are invited to "become a co-creator with god of the divine vision formulated by Jesus, 'That all may be one as you, Father, are in me and I am in you." (John 17:21)
For Teilhard de Chardin, to love god requires loving the world. "Our challeng in spirituality is to realize how totally integrated we humans are with all creation and how best to work toward creation's divinely desired evolutionary fulfillment."
Remember this passage attributed to St. Teresa of Avila?
Christ has no body now but yours,
no hands, no feet on Earth but yours.
Yours are the only eyes
with which his compassion
can still look out on a troubled world.
Yours are the only hands
with which he can bring his blessing to his people.
Christ has no body now on Earth but yours.
Savary quotes this in the Introduction. More about the book later.