Wednesday, September 27, 2006

passing through some stages of inability

Above all, trust in 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 stages of inability -
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 you tomorrow.

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

- "Patient Trust in Ourselves and in the Slow Work of God", Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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