Patience with Oneself

“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 progress that it 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 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 incompleteness.”  Tielhard de Chardin



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thank you for the is especially relevent today..we all miss you a lot and wish you much happiness and success.

Thanks for the reminder. I have been going through a very fallow time spiritually, but with he help of my spiritual director I am reminded that God’s time is perfect and we must wait upon the Lord and surrender to His will.

This is one of my all time favorite prayers and have often used it before preparing for a witness talk or in my ministry with teens. I keep a copy of it posted next to my desk as a reminder to slow down and let God work through me.