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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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I can truly say — and this in virtue of the whole structure of my thought — that I now feel more indissolubly bound to the hierarchical Church and to the Christ of the Gospel than ever before in my life. Never has Christ seemed to me more real, more personal or more immense.
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Letter from Cape Town to Father General, Jean-Baptiste Janssens (12 October 1951)

 
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