Spiritual formation or growth must take pace at a slow, steady and unhurried pace. It is never in a hurry. Hurry hinders rather than help spiritual growth. This does not mean spiritual growth cannot occur in a busy life. There is a deep distinction between busy and hurry. Busy is having to do many things. Hurry is an emotional response. It is stressful and distracting. Busy to having to complete many tasks. Hurry is rushing to complete many tasks in the shortest possible time with undue pressure placed on oneself.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), a Jesuit priest and scientist wrote this prayer for his niece and still relevant today.

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.


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