Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (April 29): Trust and Patience Prayer

This seriously blessed my day. Sanctification and transition isn’t always fun.

Teilhard de Chardin

“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

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4 thoughts on “Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (April 29): Trust and Patience Prayer

  1. Soli Deo Gloria, though not as impressive as it might be if I had a functional laptop. Most of what I write is done with a tablet interface, so my Ignatian series got stuck in the mud because it just takes SO LONG to type stuff out on a little tablet (some of my longer posts, like the one where I answered the question as to why I would never want to sleep through a year of my life or the recent one for my birthday took days to edit together. I have a bunch of essays that could easily be typed or copy/pasted, but tablets don’t allow for that. A lot of my own nature photography is also missing because it is quite the deal to run USB transfers to and from mobile devices. External disk drive or cell phone to laptop to tablet is a lot of annoying work. So what I do manage to write is a labor of love or desperation.

    That is patience…or else just insanity.

    Impatience isn’t my problem so much as profound discouragement over perpetually trying life circumstances. The author of poeticdialectic (she’s in the list of blogs I follow) is a “real life” friend of mine. She shared my friendship post from this morning on Facebook, and in thanking her I mentioned the odd juxtoposition between the dire and desperate conditions in my real life vs. the level of hope, love, and encouragement in my posts.

    Her reply was: “My mom says that a caged canary sings…I know that when I write the most hopeful posts is when I need the most hope!”

    She’s not wrong, but the reason this post “fit” and resonated so much with me today was not so much about impatience as the reminder that a seemingly endless succession of “cages” is not forever — keep singing!

    But some days (especially sleepless ones that involve being swarmed by roaches in my sleep), it kinda seems like life without prospect of change is the same thing as “forever.”

    Grace and peace to you, thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the follow. — VKS

    • Val, very impressive with the blog and the pictures on a Tablet. I have a hard enough time reading, but less composing or transferring:-).

      Love the content on your blog. I look forward to exploring.

      Peace — WO

      • Well, I have an app on my Nook, and can preview stuff before I post it. In a previous life I was an Administrative Assistant, so a little basic html isn’t too much of a stretch. 350 wide for pictures seems to be “the right answer” to fit well with my theme.

        Explore away. I don’t really segregate my posts so, theology, devotionals…and guinea pigs (Wentworth says: “Hello.” — little dude keeps popping his head over the side of his box to see what I’m doing as I’m pecking this).

        And more guinea pigs soon, whenever Annie decides she’s going to have those babies…hopefully before I need to move her to my sister’s.

        Take care, and blessings for your day. — VKS

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