Drawn to the Road of Fire: Teilhard and Struggle
While on retreat in 1919, Teilhard experienced a transfiguration-like vision that he shares with us in his essay, “The Spiritual Power of Matter.” During this transformative event, Teilhard is moved to commit himself to a life of struggle in every aspect of his life without yet knowing what these struggles might be. In this retreat, we will consider the many ways Teilhard is confronted with struggle—as a scientist, as a believer, as a lover, as a Jesuit, as a mystic, and as a faithful member of the Church. Together we will explore some of the more significant examples, notice Teilhard’s responses, and share our experiences so that we can learn better ways of dealing with the struggles that we face in our lives and in our world today.
In addition to presentations, the retreat will include a mix of group and small group sharing. Each session will begin with a simple ritual and end with music. Guests will receive a booklet with material for reflection too. Guided by Sr. Kathleen Duffy, SSJ.
This will be a silent retreat. Check-in begins at 3pm and the retreat will begin after dinner.
Kathleen Duffy, SSJ is Professor Emerita of Physics at Chestnut Hill College, where she directs the Institute for Religion and Science. She is president of the American Teilhard Association, former editor of Teilhard Studies and serves on the Advisory Board of Cosmos and Creation. Her present research deals with the way Teilhard de Chardin’s religious writings connect with modern science. She has published Teilhard’s Mysticism: Seeing the Inner Face of Evolution (Orbis Books, 2014), Teilhard’s Struggle: Embracing the Work of Evolution (Orbis Books, 2019), an edited volume of essays entitled (St. Joseph’s University Press, 2010), and many book chapters and articles on these topics. Kathleen also guides evening, weekend, and weeklong retreats on topics related to Teilhard’s life and work.