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.
    Yet it is the law of all progress that is made
    by passing through some stages of instability
    and that 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.
    Do not 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 you tomorrow.
    Only God could say what this new Spirit
    gradually forming in 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.
    Above all, trust in the slow work of God,
    our loving vine-dresser.

    Amen.

    - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

(via) Pneuma - This prayer was used as a reflection before one of my meetings today.

Michael Miller, Jr.