The world’s pain became a great and unique act of consciousness

“Suffering requires a tremendous output of energy, and this energy exists in the divine milieu.”

“What a leap forward the world would make toward God if all [suffering] people at the same time converted their pain into a common desire [for transformation]. All the sufferers on earth uniting their sufferings so that the world’s pain became a great and unique act of consciousness– would that not be one of the highest forms which the mysterious work of creation could take in our eyes?”

“When we are conscious of our suffering, you can take the energy of our suffering and direct it either into anger and resentment, or into compassion and healing.”

~ from The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault, pp. 136 and from Teilhard de Chardin as quoted by Louis Savory in The New Spiritual Exercises: In the Spirit of Teilhard de Chardin