“How to Write a Book” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

To Write or Not To Write

Recently, some of us at Restoring Pangea have been talking about how we want to write a book. All of us have been working on in one way or another. This quote below by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin strike true on the mark for where our thoughts are at.

Teilhard de ChardinTeilhard de Chardin was a Jesuit priest, paleontologist, geologist and a prophetic presence in the Catholic tradition. He was forbidden to participate in areas of research and given a lot of trouble by his religious superiors for the work he had a vested interest in. One of his greatest ideas was the Omega Point, ” a spiritual belief that the universe is evolving toward a higher level of material complexity and consciousness,” an idea that coincides with our blogs ideological title – Restoring Pangea. He held that the Omega Point resembled “the Christian Logos, namely Christ, who draws all things into himself, who in the words of the Nicene Creed, is ‘God from God,’ ‘Light from Light,’ ‘True God from true God,’ and ‘through him all things were made.'” (Wikipedia page).

As all of us consider our burden to write, Teilhard de Chardin’s words remind us of the patient process it takes to write deeply from one’s own life and experience.

“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. Amen.” – Teilhard de Chardin

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