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"Above all, trust in the slow work of the Spirit.
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,
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.
Who can say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be?
Give yourself the benefit of believing
that the Spirit is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling
yourself in suspense and incomplete."
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ