Today’s Prayer: Today I am going to offer you a prayer that Pope Francis used the a couple of years ago at the end of his talk to the Roman Curia. It is a prayer often referred to as the "Romero Prayer" however it was not write by Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero. It was written by Bishop Kenneth Untener. I had the great honor of talking with Bishop Untener for over two hours one day many years ago before he died. He was a wonderful man, a great preacher and the kind of shepherd the Pope Francis would have liked. I offer you Bishop Untener’s prayer today because I believe it speaks of Mary’s prayer in our Gospel today…
Every now and then it helps us to take a step back
and to see things from a distance.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is also beyond our visions.
In our lives, we manage to achieve only a small part
of the marvelous plan that is God’s work.
Nothing that we do is complete,
which is to say that the Kingdom is greater than ourselves.
No statement says everything that can be said.
No prayer completely expresses the faith.
No Creed brings perfection.
No pastoral visit solves every problem.
No program fully accomplishes the mission of the Church.
No goal or purpose ever reaches completion.
This is what it is about:
We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that others will watch over them.
We lay the foundations of something that will develop.
We add the yeast which will multiply our possibilities.
We cannot do everything,
yet it is liberating to begin.
This gives us the strength to do something and to do it well.
It may remain incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way.
It is an opportunity for the grace of God to enter
and to do the rest.
It may be that we will never see its completion,
but that is the difference between the master and the laborer.
We are laborers, not master builders,
servants, not the Messiah.
We are prophets of a future that does not belong to us.
(Prayer by Bishop Kenneth Untener, Former and Deceased Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan)
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
A prayer or two to help you through your day!