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Author QuotedPierre Teilhard de Chardin
Title QuotedDivine Milieu
Date (Year/Month/Day)1960/08/26
ImprintNew York : [s.n.]. 1957
QuotationI have finished reading the proofs of the Divine Milieu of P[ère] Teilhard de Chardin which were sent to me by Harpers. Yesterday (my feast day) I half finished an article on it. There is much to say. More than I can say in the article. Certainly the world is to be loved, as he says it. For God loved the world and sent His Son into the world to save it.... His concern is admirable. And his indignation that "Christians no longer expect anything." It is true. Nothing great. But we expect everything trivial. Our indifference to the real values in the world justifies our petty attractiveness to its false values. When we forget the Parousia and the Kingdom of God in the world we can, we think, safely be businessmen and make money. Those who love the world in its wrong sense love it for themselves, exploit it for themselves.
Quotation SourceTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 36-37
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