Some words on progress
“Do not be impatient with your seemingly slow progress.
Do not try to run faster than you presently can.
If you are studying, reflecting and trying, you are making progress whether you are aware of it or not.
A traveler walking the road in the darkness of night is still going forward.
Someday, some way, everything will… break open, like the natural unfolding of a rosebud. “
– Vernon Howard
Above all, trust in the slow work of God,
We are, quite naturally,
impatient in everything to reach the end
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 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.
—–Tielhard du Chardin