Seed Planting

14 Apr 2022 | Mission | 1 comment

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 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.


The Romero Poem

Notes from the Compiler

This prayer was composed by the late Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, drafted for a homily by Cardinal John Dearden in November 1979 for a celebration of departed priests. As a reflection on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Oscar Romero (1917-80), Bishop Untener included in a reflection book a passage titled "The mystery of the Romero Prayer." The mystery is that the words of the prayer are commonly attributed to Oscar Romero, but they were never spoken by him. Pope Francis used the “magnificent” prayer in December 2015 in his Christmas address to the Roman Curia. The beautiful prayer has gone around the global Church and, not surprisingly, it became known as ‘The Romero Prayer’.

1 Comment

  1. Liberating for those who feel they must do and accomplish everything – challenging for those who think they can..


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