“The role of the priesthood is to consecrate the world so that it may become a living host, a liturgy: so that the liturgy may not be something alongside the reality of the world, but that the world itself shall become a living host, a liturgy. This is also the great vision of Teilhard de Chardin: in the end we shall achieve a true cosmic liturgy, where the cosmos becomes a living host. And let us pray the Lord to help us become priests in this sense, to aid in the transformation of the world, in adoration of God, beginning with ourselves.”

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Pope Benedict XVI

Homily of the celebration of Vespers in the Cathedral of Aosta

July 24th, 2009

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  1. Pedro Gabriel Pedro Gabriel says:

    I would like to thank Taylor Marshall for bringing this quote to my attention 🙂

  2. Avatar jong says:

    This Pope BXVI statement can only be realize in the coming Eucharistic Era after the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart as all the people who manage to survive will enter the New Paradise.

    The mystery behind the Eucharistic Era is why would God after chaining Satan for 1000 years will still allow him to be release and tempt again the people living in the New Paradise in the Eucharistic Era?
    The big question is why? All our protestant brothers had been interpreting the Book of Revelation for 500 years but still fall short.

    This is only my discernment & reflections because I believed God is not only a Great Architect of the Universe but also Great Director of Man’s Salvation, God started the human drama at the Old Paradise with Adam & Eve, the serpent as the villain became the victor in a sense in that era. In the Old Paradise Adam & Eve were prevented to eat the fruit of the Tree of Life which is a symbol for the Holy Eucharist. But in the New Paradise, satan will be release again this time he will be facing the New Adam & Eve who were living the Eucharistic Life eating the fruit from the Tree of Life. Can satan defeat or deceive the New Adam & Eve living a Eucharistic Life like all the saints in the New Paradise to eat again the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil? The answer is NO!, satan seeing he can no longer tempt the New Adam & Eve will be greatly humiliated in defeat and will remove all the gifts bestowed upon him by God freely and will voluntarily go to the deepest part of hell without anymore being drag by Angels.
    This is the beautiful and a heavy drama scripted by our Loving and Merciful Father in eternity.

    But then again, why would it need a 1000 years Eucharistic Era in the New Paradise? Because the Holy Eucharist will be offered to all the poor souls to empty purgatory. And when all the poor souls had been released thru the prayers & sacrifices of the Saints in the Eucharistic Era, the Final Judgement will now come. All the poor souls released by our united prayers will go to Heaven and the damned souls will now be raise and judge and be thrown to the lake of fire to suffer for eternity along with the demons.

    Will Dr.Marshall join the damned souls if he continues to embraced and promote the evil attitude of “recognized and resist the Pope” and esp. Cardinal Burke et,al whom St.John in 1John2:18-19 described? Jesus commanded us to pray even our enemies, may they come to their senses before Time of Mercy ended.

    My Jesus mercy. S&IHMMP4us. Amen

  3. Avatar Anne Lastman says:

    Oh!!!! Thank you Pedro. I love this quote and Love Teilhard’s writings. This is from Prayer of the Universe or Song of the Universe. Its a beautiful short paperback. Its so beautiful
    One can just imagine the whole universe in adoration have been Redeemed by Christ.
    Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

  4. Avatar M. says:

    I thought that Teilhard writings were not Christian? I’m confused. I was always told to avoid him for his ideas were new age.

    • Pedro Gabriel Pedro Gabriel says:

      Teilhard’s writings were viewed with suspicion at the time. I am unsure whether they have been rehabilitated later or not.

      But supposing they have not, this does not mean that he got *everything* wrong. Since the beginning, the Christian approach has been to purify what is wrong and keep what is right. This approach did not start with Francis. Rigorists usually tend to view everything as either 100% right or 100% wrong, but the Church always has had a more nuanced view

      • Avatar Christopher Lake says:

        M.,

        What Pedro wrote. 🙂

        Also, the great Catholic novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and explainer/defender of the Church/faith, Flannery O’Connor, was uncompromisingly orthodox, and she loved the writing of Father de Chardin. Of course, this, by itself, don’t mean that there are no problems at all in the Father’s work, but Flannery didn’t tend to go in for heretical, New Age-type thinking (to say the least!). Her book of private letters, “The Habit of Being,” is a great book on several levels, and I learned of her love for de Chardin’s work through reading it.

  5. Avatar Christopher Lake says:

    M.,

    I meant to type, above, that “…this, by itself, *doesn’t* mean…” I did proofread, but that doesn’t always work perfectly when one has aging eyes!

  6. Avatar Manuel Dauvin says:

    I wrote a book in my twenties that never left my computer because I am a ridiculously boring writer… incessantly laying the groundwork for a point that comes far to late for the average readers attention. It is called the “Transubstantiation of the Cosmos”. Ben xvi summed it up here very well. Thanks for sharing. Pedro
    I appreciated teillards vision… it was that of an artist taking on history as his medium and trying to be doggedly faithful, if prophetic to the direction he saw it taking.
    Christopher…i hope you will second me in a request that wpi embrace a commenting platform that allows “edit”typos.

  7. Avatar M. says:

    HA, no worries, I got your meaning, I think. Thanks for the explanation Pedro and Christopher. I know it is true, I just wanted clarification. I LOVE Flannery, she makes me never want to fall into sin again. She makes it look just as ugly as it really is, she just pulls all the trimming the evil one covers it over with- right off!