I have issues with my own entanglement with social media but now and then a real gem crosses my path, one that might never have otherwise done so. It seems to be just what I need just when I need it. It is grace…delivered through my Facebook news feed.
This is one such. Thanks to Fr. James Martin for posting it.
Trust in the Slow Work of God
“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 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 of 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.”
–Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ (1881-1955)
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