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Woodstock Theological Library Jesuit Texts

The Writings of St. Ignatius Loyola and the Journal of Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.

Fifty Selected Letters of St. Ignatius of Loyola

with commentary and footnotes by Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J.

One Hundred Prayerful Thoughts from St. Ignatius Loyola, compiled from his letters and instructions, the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, and the Spiritual Exercises

Edited by Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J.

The Journal of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.

Hand-written on French school copybooks, known as cahiers, the Journal that Father Teilhard began in August 1919 "to while away the boredom of quartering and to oblige [him] to think, to observe and to clarify" shows a gap between July 1925 and July 1944, and it ends three days before his death in April 1955. In March 1946, when he had the first opportunity to leave Beijing, he only could bring back with him to France notebook XIII, which was full (July 18, 1944 – October 10, 1945), and notebook XIV, started on October 27, 1945. Today original notebooks I – IX are kept with members of his family, the legal heirs. The notebooks left behind in China have yet to be located. Notebooks XIII – XXI are kept with the Society of Jesus in France.

Mrs. Nicole Schmitz-Moormann's transcription of Cahiers I-IX and XIII-XXI is housed at the Woodstock Theological Library. Teilhard scholars requesting access to the transcription should direct their inquiries to Father Leon Hooper, S.J., director of the Library. More information about the Journal can be found in the Preface prepared by Mrs. Schmitz-Moormann.


"Fifty Selected Letters of St. Ignatius of Loyola" copyright 2002, Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J. Revised and expanded from Counsels for Jesuits: Selected Letters and Instructions of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, copyright 1985, Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J. Texts used here by permission of Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J.