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Remain

Dear Kaleid Ladies,


“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 


This summer at Kaleid, we remain in discussions about race and what it means to be white in America. And, we remain in a contemplative journey together, letting God’s love deepen our strength and soften our gaze toward one another. 

And so, today, consider what remaining, together, can create.


You are not alone. There are others who are wrestling in the unknown, anxious, or frustrated spaces. Remaining, together, inspires collective courage. 


Your uncomfortable emotions are not indictments. Just like you take care to hold an anxious child who finds something new in the world and is afraid, God takes care to lovingly hold you in your disoriented anxiety. Your uncomfortable emotions can be guides toward new life. Remaining, together, makes space for the work of the uncomfortable.


God’s good work is afoot in His Church and in our souls. This season of racial awareness is far bigger than any one of us. As we remain in the work it requires, each in our own way, we have a close-up view to the work of mercy and justice, to the work of the cross and the power of the resurrection. Remaining, together, forges a community of witness to God’s kingdom coming.


And so we choose to remain. To let the faithful imagination of God shape us. 

In our Kaleid groups, we are remaining in the conversation through the contemplative practice of imaginative prayer and through the discussion of white privilege. We hope you will use the links to join with us in the important work of remaining, of being grounded in God’s loving presence and being open to expanded awareness.


Blessings on you today!


Gratefully,


The Kaleid Team



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