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 . . .
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, S.J. ~