11/17/2008

Off the Radar



Sorry for slipping off the radar for a time there. It was a much needed escape. I have been spending some quiet days in doors grappling and coming to some sort of terms with the time of learning that I spent in New Brunswick. I think I have taken a good solid two weeks to mull over, re-read, re-visit, and re-think some things and after all is said and done I find myself just beginning the process of PROCESSING it all. I don't think I'm ready to begin the next batch of reading and writing as deep down I realize that if I am really going to LEARN this stuff some things have to change. Epiphanies bring new seasons. It is time for new things to bust out. Thank goodness this whole thing is a journey.

A special poem was read over us before we left New Brunswick. It has been my gift that I open and hold each morning.

PATIENT TRUST

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 hast.
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

1 comment:

Alain Cocarix said...

We have just quoted on the same subject from Teilhard de Chardin. Thank you for your post.