Thursday, December 13, 2012


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin challenges us to embrace the slow, murky middle

“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.

“Yet it is the law that all progress is made 
by passing through some stages of instability 
and that 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.
 Do not try to force them on as though 
you could be today what time
 — that is to say, grace –
 and circumstances 
acting on your own goodwill
will make you tomorrow.

“Only God could say what this new Spirit 
gradually forming in 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. 
Above all, trust in the slow work of God, 
our loving vine-dresser. 

-- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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