Friday, September 21, 2012

Go Forth

A few days ago, someone shared this from the Dialogues of St. Catherine of Siena:

"Go forth from this place of contemplation, and bear fruit that will last."

This has been sticking to my spiritual bones.  As I begin a new monastic day,  I won't be lingering for hours in my place of contemplation.  Even those living in a physical monastery do not do that.  Work time always cycles back around; there are things that must be done.  Hopefully the "vein of prayer" has been opened and I'm able to carry on a dialogue with God as I begin another day's work.   But at some point I WILL be going forth.  Maybe to another room to scrub a tub, maybe out to drive carpool, maybe to a job in the city.  

Wherever my day takes me, I have been sent forth.  I've been commissioned.  Whatever my vocation or my occupation(s) may be, I am sent forth by God to bear fruit that will last.  

It's really quite an opportunity.  I wonder what will happen if I spend today thinking about it, letting myself grow in awareness of it, watching for ways in which I can drop a seed of good example here and a word of encouragement there?  Jesus is the Vine, I am a branch.  My Heavenly Father looks upon me as I interact with family and co-workers, as I answer the phone and run out to the bank and write a letter to a friend.

What kind of fruit does He see? 

"The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patient endurance, kindness, generosity, faith, mildness and chastity."  (Galatians 5:22-23)

"Let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His Name."  (Hebrews 13:15) 


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