To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus by Pope Pius VII, the Jesuits in Britain have produced a special calendar for 2014. The calendar features illustrations of 12 Jesuits from across the world who have been active in various ministries over the past 200 years.
The first of these Jesuit to be featured is Teilhard de Chardin. Fr. Chris Corbally, SJ of the Vatican Observatory wrote an outstanding piece on the legacy of Teilhard de Chardin as part of the calendar. You can read the entire article here but set forth below is an extended excerpt:
The account of the universe that modern astronomy unfolds, from the initial, unimaginably intense radiation in the Big Bang to the emergence of primordial hydrogen and helium, and thence via nuclear synthesis in stars to all the elements we find around us on Earth, makes a fascinating…
The living root bridges of Cherrapunji, Shillong, India – century old bridges grown by the Meghalaya villagers who train the roots to create a solid latticework structure strong enough to be used as a bridge. / photographs courtesy of Rex Features
Wordsworth wrote of wandering “lonely as a cloud”. I wonder if the ego is an artificial construct, which keeps us separate and boundaried. Clouds have inchoate edges and are constantly changing, intermingling with surrounding cooler and warmer air. Since constantly in touch and part of the rest of nature I suspect they wouldn’t “feel” alone – in the way that we as a species can and do with our locked in syndrome.
NPR is broadcasting an encore presentation of a 2012 radio show on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. This show is an excellent overview of some of the ideas of Teilhard de Chardin and his relevance today. It contains interviews with Ursula King, David Sloan Wilson and Andrew Revkin. Please check on the links below for copies of transcripts, podcasts and radio stations airing the show.
Christopher Marlowe wrote “The Passionate Shepherd” and Sir Walter Raleigh the riposte – “The Nymph’s Reply”. They lived just before the Union of the Crowns under the Scottish King James VI. The “independence” debate is of course a fishy affair with salmon, sturgeon and even “silver darlings” (Scots word for herrings).