“To Everything There Is a Season”
As seen in the Summer/Fall 2018 Norbertine Center for Spirituality program guide
To everything there is a season.
So begins the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3. Spring brings new growth and new life.
Here at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, new life is abounding everywhere you look. The construction of a new entrance, elevator, and meeting rooms continues on the northeast corner of the abbey and is scheduled to be completed in August (let’s keep our fingers crossed!). Abbot Dane Radecki, O. Praem., has been elected as the spiritual leader of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey.
New programs like All Things Local!, A Day in the Life of Jesus: A Retreat for Grandparents and their Grandchildren, The 3M Golf Retreat, and What Do You Mean, “There Is Not Enough Room for Joy?” as a few examples are exploding on the Center scene. New life abounds in this Easter Season!
But you might be saying to yourself, “Tony, it’s the Summer/Fall issue of the program guide! Correct?!” Yes! The seed-planting and new growth of spring mature and produce abundant fruit in summer and fall. Isn’t that what our spiritual lives are like? We plant seeds in the spring of our spiritual life that produce much fruit as our prayer life matures and grows through the other seasons of our life. May the offerings here at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality be a sure source of growth and development for you this summer and fall.
I leave you with a portion of a prayer, often attributed to Archbishop Oscar Romero, but, in fact, written by the late Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, Michigan, entitled, “Prophets of a Future Not Our Own”:
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.