One evening as he mused in the shade of an oak tree, Pierre Bienvenu Noailles’s vision of a new society was captured in a dream.
“In my dream…
the Holy Family appeared to me like a great tree,
a kind of oak with verdant branches;
in it were seen flowers and fruits of all seasons;
there were birds of every colour, from every country.
Each species had its own song,
but every now and then they formed one single voice
and in perfect harmony they seemed to say:
“Glory to God, glory to God alone,
and all through Mary’”
is the symbol of the Holy Family.
It is a song to life, verdant, full, deep, rooted firmly in the source which gives it life, its branches supporting flowers of every colour, fruits of every season, birds of every kind, united in singing one single song:
Glory to God alone, A song to life, to creation, to communion, welcoming diversity, inclusiveness, and the inter-relatedness of everything that exists,
thus achieving a harmony that we can imagine only in God.
The Church is like a great tree whose roots must be energetically anchored in the earth while its leaves are serenely exposed to the bright sunlight. In this way, she sums up a whole gamut of beats in a single living and all-embracing act, each one of which corresponds to a particular degree or a possible form of spiritualisation.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin