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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre - Pensees - Love as unifier

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001767

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Pere Teilhard de Chardin - Pensees

Only love can bring individual beings to their perfect completion, as individuals, by uniting them one with another, because only love takes possession of them and unites them by what lies deepest within them.  This is simply a fact of our everyday experience.  For indeed at what moment do lovers come into the most complete possession of themselves if not when they say they are lost in one another?  And is not love all the time achieving – in couples, in teams and around us – the magical and reputedly contradictory feat of personalising through totalising?  And why should not what is thus daily achieved on a small scale be repeated one day on world-wide dimensions?

The universality of your divine magnetism and the intrinsic value of our human undertakings, this my Lord, is the twofold truth you have shown me.  I would show to those whose lives are dull and drab the limitless horizons opening out to humble and hidden efforts, for these efforts, if pure in intention can [help achieve] the essential vocation of the world; to attain to completion.

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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre

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