Monday, February 18, 2013

Lent and the Slow Work of God


For my study I have been pondering Teilhard de Chardin, SJ’s meditation, “The Slow Work of God’.  I am particularly drawn to the last two lines: “And accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete”.

This so fits this season of Lent for me this year.  I have paused and visited with God:  what ought I to do this liturgical cycle to grow more like you?  This invited me to step back and do some self- appraisal and, I hope, some spirit appraisal as well.  Ah, yes, I say, at times the transformation I long for within and without seems infinitesimally slow.  And yet what does time have to do with it?  Might I let myself enjoy the suspense, the anticipation of the process of changing?  Even more to learn to honor in creation, in others, in myself the grace of the incomplete.  

And so this Lent I am walking slower, enjoying it more and wondering at all that survey.  Would you care to do a similar walk?

K.C. Young, OP
Kirkland, Washington

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