Preparation for Prayer and Reflection
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 by Fr. Santo Arrigo C.Ss.R.

Bringing together all that you have reflected upon already

What seeds are you planting now?

Take some time in prayer and reflection, allowing the following questions to focus your thoughts.

  • From all that you have read thus far: What excites you? What has left you puzzled? What do you need to find out more?
  • How do you see yourself using the gifts that God has given you for your life? How are you of service to God and God’s people?
  • How is prayer part of your day, and a part of this retreat time?
  • What is your dream for the future? What do you believe is God’s dream for you, for the future? Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?
  • Are you a person of joy?

We are Workers

It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.

Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the Church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results. But that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own. Amen.

by Archbishop Oscar Romero

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