Patience and trust are steadying virtues to cultivate in these days. A poem shared with Quin Hilyer brings renewed inspiration to trust in God and His ways at work within each of our lives, in this community, in our country and in our world. No matter the circumstances, God is with us, sometimes working perceptibly and, so often, working beyond our ability to perceive.
The poem evoked contemplation on the common goal we profess here: to be sherpas, even now, in our ordinary circumstances and in the face of any sort of intense trials the Lord might allow as a means of calling souls back to Himself. Without a pressing deadline for a specific event, these days are rather quiet in the comment section yet, surely, within each of our hearts and souls burns the flame of desire to be at the ready with comfort and hope to all around us should the Storm, this global civil war being fought on cultural lines, enter intense moments. For now, we watch, wait and pray while living the core message to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around us.
In 65 days we’ll honor the 100th Anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima. Let’s consider, again, the apparition in which Our Lady showed a vision to the three young children and said,“You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go.” She also exhorted, “Sacrifice for sinners and repeat many times, especially when you make a sacrifice: ‘O my Jesus, this is out of love for you, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary!‘” This directive from Our Lady rings with new tones of urgency as we see hearts being revealed and as we are aware each one must choose. Praying and sacrificing are next right steps with tremendous import at this time, hope for the conversion and salvation of souls.
As we pray and sacrifice while waiting on the Lord, Hilyer reminds us of the heroes around us and the cloud of witnesses gone before us:
“There are, of course, countless examples in all our daily lives, and countless more significant examples in the history books, of people who pressed on amidst frustration and confusion, apparent failure and disappointment, wondering why their efforts were unavailing but never losing faith — and, after years in the wilderness, suddenly finding that God had given them their moment and their calling.”
In his article, Hilyer links to Winston Churchill’s famous address avowing that the British would fight in every place even as he proclaimed the victory would come, “In God’s good time.”
Are you waiting on the Lord for something? Perhaps many things? Certainly, we are all waiting, hopefully in joyful expectation, as God’s Plan continues to unfold. May we, too, press on, never losing faith, despite the division and the confusion swirling all about us.
Patient Trust – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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.