Fr. Scott Haynes
Working for Fulfillment
Because you... have not asked for yourself long life nor riches
nor the life of your enemies, but have asked
for yourself understanding to perceive justice;
behold, I have done according to your word...
I give you also what you did not ask,
both riches and honor, so that, all your days,
there shall not be any like you among the kings.
(1 Kings 3:1-13)
To work for fulfillment
in religious life
is much like trying
to catch up with one's own shadow;
each step towards it
makes it recede
by just that much.
as God's free gift,
It cannot be earned,