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To help us better grasp this, let us savour the magnificent prayer, commonly attributed to Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero, but pronounced for the first time by Cardinal John Dearden:

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 marvellous 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 programme 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 labourer.
We are labourers, not master builders, 
servants, not the Messiah.
We are prophets of a future that does not belong to us.

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Naam: TERUGKEREN NAAR DE ESSENTIE
Bij het uitwisselen van de Kerstwensen met het college van Kardinalen en overige leden van de Romeinse Curie, Kerst 2015
Soort: Paus Franciscus - Toespraak
Auteur: Paus Franciscus
Datum: 21 december 2015
Copyrights: © 2015, Libreria Editrice Vaticana / Radio Vaticana
Voorlopig Engelstalige versie
Bewerkt: 28 oktober 2020

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