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 do today what time
___(that is to say, grace and circumstance
___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 God's hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
___in suspense and incomplete.