Saturday, August 01, 2009

The slow work of God…

Above all, trust the slow work of God.
We are, quite naturally,
impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip
the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on
The way to something unknown,
something new,
and yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stage of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually—
let them grow,
let them shape themselves,
without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today
what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting
on your own good will)
will make them tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of
feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

Teilhard de Chardin, with thanks to The Parish Blog of St. Edward the Confessor

2 comments:

  1. "The way to something unknown,
    something new,
    and yet it is the law of all progress
    that it is made by passing through
    some stage of instability—
    and that it may take a very long time."

    Thanks.

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  2. Mike - thanks for the link. This prayer is sure to stay on my heart for a long time and I was compelled to share it. Glad that you are too.

    Not to mention all the riches of what Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote of. He was brilliant and his life is a testament to this slow work.

    Fran

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