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Finding God In Our Work: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


God does not deflect our gaze prematurely from the work he himself has given us, since he presents himself to us attainable through that very work. Nor does he blot out, in his intense light, the detail of our earthly aims, since the closeness of our union with him is in fact determined by the exact fulfilment of the least of our tasks…God, in all that is most living and incarnate in him, is not far away from us. altogether apart from the world we see, touch, hear, smell and taste about us.

Rather he awaits us every instant in our action, in the work of the moment.  There is a sense in which he is at the tip of my pen, my spade, my brush, my needle—of my heart and of my thought. By pressing the stroke, the line or the stitch, on which I am engaged, to its ultimate natural finish, I shall lay hold of the last end towards which my innermost will tends…

Try, with God’s help, to perceive your connectioneven physical and naturalwhich binds your labour with the building of the Kingdom of Heaven; try to realise that heaven itself smiles upon you and, through your works, draws you to itself; then, as you leave church for the noisy streets, you will remain with only one feeling, that of continuing to immerse yourself in God…

Never, at any time…consent to do anything at all without first of all realising its significance and constructive value in Christo Jesu, and pursuing it with all your might. This is not simply a commonplace precept for salvation: it is the very path to sanctity for each man according to his state and calling. For what is sanctity in a creature if not to adhere to God with the maximum of his strength?and what does that maximum adherence to God mean if not the fulfilmentin the world organised around Christof the exact function, be it lowly or eminent, to which that creature is destined both by natural endowment and by supernatural gift?

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Le Milieu Divin


I love the way Teilhard de Chardin expresses this idea. It is not new, and may remind you as it does me of George Herbert’s ‘Teach me, my God and King’. However, while both are writing about, as it were, the Mary and Martha paths to salvation, there is an almost Hindu quality in the Chardin passage, recalling the Laws of Manu.

For me, reading this passage in June 2013, Chardin’s words resonate in the field of social media. He affirms (what I hope is true) that ‘works’ may include blogging and participating in social media generally if that is what you feel best able to do in God’s service.


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Creation or Evolution?: Colin Coward


Spring is in the air in the Church of England. Although we sometimes wonder if we are imagining it, there are enough signs in different quarters that ‘Aslan is on the move’ for us to dare to hope that we are not.

This is the first half of a blog post written by the Revd Colin Coward on Changing Attitude this morning, which I am reblogging on Lay Anglicana as it is important that it should reach as wide an audience as possible. I urge you to visit the site to read the rest of it.
Colin Coward, April 19th, 2013

I woke feeling excited this morning. I sat at 06.15 gazing through my east-facing window at a sensational sunrise, the sky ripped open to reveal azure blue through the ruptured clouds, as I ate muesli and drank leaf Darjeeling tea.

The sunrise enhanced my excitement. I know from the various conversations I had yesterday, with members of the LGB&T Anglican Coalition, with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Jo Bailey Wells, the Archbishop’s chaplain, David Porter, the Director of Reconciliation, briefly with John Lee, Canon Phil Groves and David Chillingworth, Primus of Scotland, even more briefly on a bus with Chris Smith, and at length with Andrew Goddard, that things are in flux at the moment. There is movement and potential. Change is in the air.

In certain directions, things may look bad – the Men and Women in Marriage report. In other directions, things are moving, conversations are happening, representations are being made. Behind the scenes, in private conversations, far more is happening than breaks the surface into news media. Events (dear boy) will continue to destabilise those who fantasise about being in control of the process of dealing with LGB&T people in the Church and cause ruptures in the most carefully prepared and managed plans. Evolution, in short, continues.

Having been transfixed by the sunrise I lowered my eyes to Teilhard de Chardin’s The Phenomenon of Man. I’ve reached page 213, and suddenly, de Chardin’s narrative, which I had found rather plodding to that point erupted into visionary excitement.

I worry a lot, and so do the people who comment on Twitter, Facebook and the Changing Attitude web site, as to whether the Church ‘gets it’. Whether the Church even remotely understands my experience and the experience of LGB&T people lay and ordained, who are often at their wits end in reading about and dealing with their experience of Church. Teilhard de Chardin convinced me once again to stop worrying – the Church WILL get it. Of course it will, there’s no escaping the evolutionary processes of God.

And I am blessed, I live and work and move among people who ‘get it’, often at a profound level – people living into the new paradigm, new, passionate visions of God.

Writes de Chardin in 1948:…. [read more here]

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