Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




"In our hands, in the hands of all of us, the world and life (our world, our life) are placed like a Host, ready to be charged with the divine influence, that is to say, with a real presence of the incarnate Word."1 In this statement, Teilhard de Chardin summarizes succinctly the role of the Christian in the redemption of the universe. The character imprinted in Baptism has conferred a priestly orientation; consequently like the ordained minister who changes the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ at the consecration of the Mass, the Christian is called to transform the universe by making present to it the redeeming action of Christ himself. His loving fidelity to God's presence with him becomes instrumental in extending that divine presence to the whole cosmos.