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Called to Contemplate and Pass on the Fruits of Contemplation


“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under

the heavens.

A time to give birth, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a

time to uproot the plant. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear

down, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to

mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather

them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to

seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to

rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak. A time to

love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit

have workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given

to mortals to be busied about. God has made everything appropriate to its

time, but has put the timeless into their hearts so they cannot find out,

from beginning to end, the work which God has done.”


By: Sr. Agatha, OCD

-We are all called to a relationship with God who has put the timeless in

our hearts. As contemplatives, we witness to the timeless in each one’s life…in the midst of our daily life we experience that all things are passing away; St. Augustine puts it more precisely when speaking of God, “ You have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless till they rest in You”.

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