On such background it is perhaps also possible to affirm the beautiful Hymn to Matter, formulated by Teilhard de Chardin in a distinctive moment of amazement after having experienced the shock of World War I. Nonetheless he is willing to accept the world as it is, including its harshness and riskiness. One might not want to share Teilhard’s over-all evolutionary progressivism,but his hymn to matter shows a deep sense of the unity between a creative God and a material worldsaturated by a divine presence: ´Blessed be you, harsh matter, barren soil, stubborn rock: you who yield only to violence, you who force us to work if we would eat.´Blessed be you, perilous matter, violent sea, untamable passion: you who unless we fetter you will devour us.28
´Blessed be you, mighty matter, irresistible march of evolution, reality ever new-born; you who, by constantly shattering our mental categories, force us to go ever further and further in our pursuit of the truth.´Blessed be you, universal matter, immeasurable time, boundless ether, triple abyss of stars and atoms and generations: you who by overflowing and dissolving our narrow standards or measurement reveal to us the dimensions of God […]´I acclaim you as the divine milieu, charged with creative power, as the ocean stirred by the Spirit, as the clay moulded and infused with life by the incarnate Word” (Teilhard 1978, pp. 75-76).29
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