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  •  Taking the Longview (9+ / 0-)

    From Archbishop Oscar Romero:

    It helps, now and then, to step back and take a 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 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 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 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.

    Don't give up, people. Just give up your notions that we have any "quick fixes." Reclaiming our government is a process, and we each must play a part, whether we see the fruits of our labor or not.

    "Murder, considered a crime when people commit it singly, is transformed into a virtue when they do it en masse." St. Cyprian (200-258)

    by valleycat on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 08:29:03 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for posting that (n/t) (1+ / 0-)
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        I needed something like that to help out with my funk.  I just finished a letter to the editor and sent it off.  I just finished another donation to the Kos Act Blue page, (3 candidtates, a small amount each).

        I went down to the bottom of the list and picked someone who was "not" over 1,000 donations yet.  It wasn't much, I don't have much.  

        We have the power.  It may take a while, but truth will out.

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