Thursday, September 22, 2005

Is my life worthwhile?

The other day I was looking at a biography of St. Dominic. Much to my surprise, I found out that he started the Dominican Order only 5 years before he died. He had been out preaching for 12 years before that. By today's standards he died young--about 51. But few people have left such an enduring legacy. For almost eight centuries the Dominicans have been a vital force in the Church, preaching, teaching and bringing people to God.

Who would have thought that a mere five years of effort would have borne so much fruit? It happened not so much because of Dominic's own efforts but the grace of God. Dominic spent most of his life growing in holiness, so that when the time came to start his order, he did it out of real love for God. He wasn't after personal advancement. His holiness bore fruit in his work. Like St Paul said, "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth."

3 comments:

Robin L. in TX said...

This only serves to highlight our human tendency to judge our actions by observable outcomes of our actions. It is difficult for our finite minds to remember that God is not only infinite, but also outside of time as we know it.

Like St. Dominic, if we are doing our Creator's will, our mustard seed, invisible to our eyes, may well develop, or help to develop the tree of faith sometime in the future.

We are battening down the hatches on the north side of Houston. All prayers for God's will to be done, bringing faith, love, salvation, and life out of whatever Rita throws at us are requested and greatly appreciated.

In Christ's peace and joy,

Robin L. in TX

40 Days said...

Your headline worried me. I have been a bit busy lately and haven't checked in with many blogs. I feared you were depressed.

Sr. Lorraine said...

It's true that the headline could seem depressing! But no, I'm not depressed! Thanks for your concern.
God bless you!

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