Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, "The Divine Milieu"

"Thus every man, in the course of his life, must not only show himself obedient and docile. By his fidelity he must build-- starting with the most natural territory of his own self-- a work, an opus, into which something enters from all the elements of the earth. He makes his own soul throughout all his earthly days; and at the same time he collaborates in another work, in another opus, which infinitely transcends, while at the same time it narrowly determines, the perspectives of his individual achievement: the completing of the world…in action I adhere to the creative power of God; I coincide with it; I become not only its instrument but its living extension."

Codex Magliabechiano

Max Beckmann, "The Argonauts"