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I came across the following, in a Handbook of Spiritual Exercises, which was distributed to those attending the retreat at Malvern Retreat House. Obviously, no claim is being made that these words are mine. They are presented here, solely for your meditation. These words can be, should be a source of long meditation for us. Read them. Mull them over in your brain. Understand them. And lastly, put them into practice. If we can implement these thoughts in our own lives, in how we live, I believe, we guarantee our lives to be peaceful, and full of hope.

 “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 a 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 complete 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 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 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.”

There is so much food for thought in this one paragraph. Each line can serve as it own point of meditation. After you read his words in their entirety, read just one sentence, any sentence, and think about the words and their impact on you and your life. May God bless you and guide you on this spiritual journey.

Archbishop Oscar Romero, February 5, 1978