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This one left on my desk for me last week. Beautiful I think.

Patient Trust In Ourselves & The Slow Work Of God
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are all, 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 is made by passing through
some stages 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 you 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.

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4 thoughts on “and another

  1. Many moons ago, you turned me on to a fantastic book. It’s one that took me a long time to swallow and truly accept the message, but once I did, it has been much easier to live by one simple, gentle creed:
    Sometimes, things just are.
    From the Tao of Pooh.
    You always find the best nuggets, my friend 🙂
    SW

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