Many of you expressed a desire to know more about Teilhard de Chardin. Georgie writes this in an email to me:
"Everything was eventually published posthumously, though 'Phenomenon of Man' certainly written much earlier - and eventually published in 1959 - is the central work. Shorter and more accessible: Le Milieu Divin (in recent English translations called 'The Divine Milieu' published 1960.
The Mass on the World is the first chapter of The Hymn of the Universe, and I think that's where I'd encourage people to start (but I'm not a scientist, so always tend to soft side!) - and then Le Milieu Divin (relatively short but 'the great mystic intuition') - before 'Phenomenon of Man' where he sets out the whole evolutionary vision; a bit long for the fainthearted.
But Giles I'm no expert! Just that I was converted to the gospel and theology by a lecture on Quasars, though I learnt no science beyond a little human biology at school, and probably understood one word in 10 ..." There's much more on Wikipedia of course.
And here is a prayer by Teilhard which was recently used by Jo Cox at Coffee and Chat:
Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability- and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you; your ideas mature gradually-let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste. Don't try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.
We will be writing to you later in the week with more details about our reopening for worship on Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10.30 - the social distancing measures we will all need to take. The services will also be on Zoom, so if you would prefer to stay at home or can't get here, you will still be very much part of our worship.
The picnic seems to be very welcome, so we will continue with that, at about 12.30 on Sundays, in the churchyard. We'll keep that going for a while, so that you will have a choice of church on Zoom then picnic, or church in church then picnic, or church on Zoom and no picnic, or no church and no picnic. The choice is yours.
With love, and I hope to see you soon either virtually or in real life,