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

7 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.

  6. Terry Gabriel // May 8, 2015 at 1:44 pm // Reply

    Oh the strength in the words of this poem. Twice I’ve had to give my head a shake and pull up my socks by letting go and placing my life in God’s hands. The first time was when I was without warning widowed shortly after open heart surgery. I felt that it should have been me that died. Someone convinced me to join a grief share group. A wise person told me God makes no mistakes but He expected me to live because He expected me to use my life to finish whatever was His designs for me. Fourteen years I successfully underwent another open heart surgery. It is another miracle, at the hands of cardiac science that I am still alive. That was three weeks ago. I am very anxious to be fully recuperated. Someone sent me the poem: Trust in God. It is like a message to calm my impatience and a reaffirmation of the power of God in our every day lives.

  7. Marilyn Zielke // May 9, 2015 at 9:34 am // Reply

    My granddaughter passed away one month ago. This poem is reminding me to be patient with myself and my grief. I need to trust God to take me through this grief journey however long it takes.

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