Patient Trust, A Prayer

As I was reading today, I came across this prayer by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ and knew immediately, I was meant to see this, and internalize it today. Most importantly, I think, I was supposed to share it with you.

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.

Patient Trust, A Prayer by #teilharddechardin via @fillpraycloset #jesuit #prayer

For more on this Jesuit priest, please visit, where my blog-friend, William, writes most days about his writings, teachings and life.


9 thoughts on “Patient Trust, A Prayer

  1. Cristina:

    Thank you for the reference :-). This is one of my favorite prayers as I have it taped to my refrigerator as I need constant reminder of it. Hope you have a blessed week.

    W. Ockham


  2. Beautiful! I find myself to be one of those people that are especially impatient with the ‘slow work of God.’ But oh-so-willing to reap the benefits when it does come around.


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