Farewell from Hannah

As I say a final goodbye to the Student Center I want to offer up gratitude and prayers. I am so grateful for the many ways this community has formed me. I am grateful for each and every student with whom I have shared meals and prayers. Because my time at the ESC has been one of discernment, it seems fitting to leave you with a favorite prayer of discernment. This prayer has been a touchstone for me and I hope it might help others as they discern vocation. 

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.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
excerpted from Hearts on Fire