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

“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

About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog (www.teilhard.com) explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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6 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (April 29): Trust and Patience Prayer

  1. Val says:

    Reblogged this on St. Val the Eccentric and commented:
    This seriously blessed my day. Sanctification and transition isn’t always fun.

  2. Theresa says:

    I so needed this. At my 7-day silent Ignatian retreat in June, the message that was given to me was “patient trust,” which I find to be such a challenge. Thank you.

  3. Mary says:

    I think this prayer comes from a letter Teilhard wrote to a young person. Do you know in which book of Teilhard’s letters this language is found? Thanks.

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