Prayer of Teilhard de Chardin

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 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, SJ
excerpted from Hearts on Fire

5 Comments on Prayer of Teilhard de Chardin

  1. This is an inspiring prayer. I need to pray it.

    Teilhard de Chardin, to me is a saint for the 3rd Millennium!

    Thank you for the posts.

  2. I was almost too impatient to click on this. Thank God I did it anyway.

  3. This poem is a gift to me, as I have a son who is quick to do everything, jumping into the fray without spending any time meditating on the possibilities and options available. He does the first thing that comes into his head, and believe me, that wreaks a lot of havoc on the rest of us. He’s turned a major corner in his life, and needs much help in slowing himself down long enough to hear God’s plan, not his own non-plan. This poem’s appearance is a clear case of when the student is ready the teacher will come. Thanks so much for this. And God bless.

  4. This is such a beautiful prayer!! So inspiring!

  5. God works slowly but perfectly. I must remember this always.

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