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.
POETIC VERSE LINKS
MARTIN BUBER “I and Thou”
KIRTANA “Unseen Grace”
THOMAS MERTON Extract from “Life and Holiness”
MARY OLIVER reciting “Wild Geese”
DANIEL O’LEARY “Already Within”
JOHN O’DONOGHUE “Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World”
RAINER MARIA RILKE “Awesome One”
MEWLANA J RUMI. Extracts from 3 works: “There is Life-force within your Soul”, “There is a Way”, “The guest House”& references quoted in Poem Hunter
TEILHARD de CHARDIN “Heart of Fire”
DAVID WHYTE “The Poetry of Compassion” recitals including “The Well of Grief” Includes recital of poems by Mary Oliver and Pablo Neruda