Meditation Mondays: Matter and Spirit
Concretely speaking, there is no matter and spirit. There exists only matter that is becoming spirit.
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin*
* Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was a French Jesuit priest, theologian, mystic, philosopher, and scientist who co-discovered the fossils of “Peking Man” and participated in, wrote and taught about numerous other paleontological research projects and their respective spiritual implications until being forbidden to continue this work by the Holy See.
The author of Le Phénomène spirituel (The Phenomenon of Spirit, 1937), L’Énergie Humaine (banned in 1939 by his superiors in Rome) and L’Energie spirituelle de la Souffrance (Spiritual Energy of Suffering, 1939), Teilhard de Chardin rocked the world with the completion of his scientific and spiritual masterwork, Le Phénomène Humain (The Phenomenon of Man), during the 1930s. Published only posthumously due to a Roman Catholic Church ban on his writings, this book is regarded by many theologians and scientists as one of the most important spiritual works of the 20th century for its exploration of the evolution of the universe and the development and growth of human consciousness within that process.