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I have been reminded of these words of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French Jesuit priest who volunteered as a medic during the First World War, about trusting the “slow work of God”.

“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… Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.”

It is time to slow down in order to catch up with God.