August 20, 2021

I don’t know about you, but I am frustrated and impatient in this season of COVID19. I recall the huge sense of relief in February when I received my second Pfizer vaccination. It has been glorious to see full faces, to go shopping unmasked, to feel safe. It is hard to take a step back, even if it is prudent to do so.  

The news is full of hard things: Afghanistan, Haiti, contentious battles over things like vaccinations and masks. I need to be reminded of the words of Teilhard de Chardin this morning.

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.

Trusting that God’s hand is leading us ~ Anne

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