Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Busy Person's Retreat - Day Three

Good Afternoon!

Today's retreat session was a little uhm rough.  The best part is when I said something about the Church and a bible fell over.  I kid you not.

We talked a little bit about my choices or lack there of.  Refusing to make a choice is still a choice BTW.  We talked a bit about how I'm not very good at this prayer thing.  Talked a little bit about how I am precious in God's eyes and how I don't really buy into that.  Oh and we talked about the gifts God may have given them and how wasting them isn't such a good idea...

In short, it wasn't sunshine and rainbows.

Today's Assignment (in which I will spend 30 continuous minutes reflecting on):  Isaiah 49:15-16

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 do 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.
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ


  1. Dear Snup's View From the Back of the Pew,

    Your pilgrimage to various Catholic Churches is interesting. There are many that you have visited that I have never heard of, thank you for sharing.

    I have to comment on your 'Busy Person's Retreat', and most particularly the above mention of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin as I am currently reading the book by Randy England titled: 'The Unicorn in the Sanctuary - The Impact of the New Age on the Catholic Church'.

    In Mr. England's book there is a whole chapter set aside for Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and his modernistic ideas that are incompatible with the Teachings of Jesus Christ.

    In 1962 Blessed John XXIII warned, 'monitum,' against Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's writings, and previous to that Rome had forbidden him to teach, due to his errors.

    One of the errors that Pierre Teilhard de Chardin taught was the error of PANTHEIST, that God and creation are equal - identical.

    A good book to gain insight on the grave errors of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is a book by Fr. Paul Wickens titled: 'Christ Denied: Origins of the Present Day Problems in the Catholic Church'.

    Ephesians 6:10-11
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    Peace & Prayers

  2. Thanks for the comment and prayers. I did ask the retreat directors about Chardin because I had heard that his work had been suppressed by the Vatican. They assured me that he had been reformed and was ok to read now....

  3. Dear Tina, aka Snupnjake,

    I am sorry to say that you were indeed misinformed, as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin did not reform, and his work is still the same work - filled with error. The monitum has not been lifted. It is disheartening to know that someone leading a Catholic Retreat would lead someone astray. I hope that this was said to you in ignorance, and not in disobedience.

    Today we often have to search out the truth for ourselves, because those who should be shepherding us are not being faithful to the teachings of Christ and His One Holy Apostolic Church.

    We pray for wisdom of all God’s people, that we all would know His truth – and with the grace of the most Holy Spirit, live out His truth.

    The links below speak of the warning against the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

    Check out this link:

    Or this link (which reiterates the above): http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=3160&CFID=35185501&CFTOKEN=38276431

    Or this link at:

    Peace & Prayers to you.