Inspiring quote for mothers

This was shared with me today.  The man who wrote it was an archbishop of the Catholic church in El Salvador.  He was assassinated for his views against violence.

He probably wasn’t speaking of the job of motherhood, but I think it applies, don’t you?  I find it encouraging, in a strange way, to realize a lot of what I wish I could do is actually beyond my reach–and that’s ok.

“It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is 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 ever 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 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 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 God’s grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the results, but that is the difference between a master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.”  —Oscar Romero


About katiekind

Enjoying the second half of life. I have three sons who are the apples of my eye and a wonderful husband of 35 years--those are the important things. Long ago, out of the blue, I became a Christian. It was something I never planned on, but what joy it has been. I do website development and I like to read and garden and paint and I love beauty and truth.
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One Response to Inspiring quote for mothers

  1. thatmom says:

    Katie, I am trying to catch up on blog reading and was delighted to find this quote.

    It reminded me of the story of the family in South Dakota who is building the huge Crazy Horse memorial. They all know they will never see the finished results of their efforts and neither will their children or grandchildren but they persevere knowing one day their goal will be completed.

    Thanks for sharing that quote.

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