Share - Summer 2017 - 6
Na tional Re ge nt's Message
spiritual growth is essential.
EAR CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS,
Author | Position
A third lesson is the lesson on faith and
All of the state conventions are
trust in the Lord. This faith also enables us
but a memory for us. Now we need
to accomplish great things.
to take the next step in our CDA journey.
In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said, "Because
You can find the Parable of the Mustard Seed
you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you
contained in all three of the synoptic gospels.
have faith like a grain of a mustard seed, you
The picture painted by Jesus in the Parable of
can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to
the Mustard Seed, is about the beginnings of
move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
the church and its tremendous growth.
Do we have the faith to take the Lord at his word? Imagine
"What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what
what each individual and each court could accomplish if
parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard
they truly believed that, "Nothing will be impossible for
seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when
planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden
And the final lesson is in the fact that the seed grows
plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in
and becomes a source of shelter and food for the animals
its shade." Mark 4:30-32
and birds of the air. Surely, this lesson becomes real in
Even though it's one of the smallest seeds, research
the good works performed by our Circle of Love Projects
shows that the trees can grow up to 20 feet tall and 20 feet
and Charities. The challenge is, however, how can we do
wide. In reality, a mustard seed is about 1to 2 millimeters
it better? Perhaps we should go back to the parable for the
in size and grows to a bush almost twenty feet high. If this
answer - small beginnings, supported by strong faith can
is true, then this is an increase of almost three thousand
yield tremendous results.
percent! Science tells us that the tree can grow in arid, dry
Sometimes it seems that the little part we play in CDA
climates and thrive even in clay or sandy soil. It can grow
is insignificant. Perhaps we feel that our court is so small
in hot, dry weather or cool, wet climates.
that it cannot accomplish much in the grand scheme of
This parable is filled with lessons and encouragement
things. The parable of the mustard seed is a lesson to
for us as Catholic Daughters. Even though we, like the
us that huge things can happen as the result of a very
mustard seed, started out with only a few in the beginning
small thing. There were only a very few believers in the
of our organization, and we have grown to almost sixty
beginning but the number of people who followed Jesus
nine thousand, we cannot be complacent. This is perhaps
grew and grew. That is only because those first few told
one of the most challenging times for Christians and
a few. Then they told a few. Then those told some more.
especially Catholic Daughters. Morality and Christian
Become a mustard seed and allow your faith and
values are being attacked and abandoned daily. Many of
good works to multiply and increase.
us are confused and saddened by the lack of involvement
State and Territorial Officers this can be done in
of the younger generations. We are challenged to not
only recruit new members but also to retain the present
All State and Territorial Officers have the opportunity
membership. How then do we go forward?
to attend the training conference this July in Belleville,
Another of the lessons is that the seed is able to grow
Illinois at Our Lady of the Snows Oblate Center. Don't
in a variety of environments, even poor soil. The point
miss this opportunity to bond with your officers and to
here is that our own personal and spiritual growth is not
meet new people from other states. You will have time
dependent upon those around us but on our own inner
to grow spiritually, as well as network with officers and
drive and strength.
learn more about CDA.
The mustard tree is drought tolerant, and if we have
faith even the size of a tiny mustard seed, we, too, can
God bless you.
tolerate the dry times in our lives, the difficult growing
In Unity and Charity,
seasons of a Christian; and, even when we are "planted"
Helene Shepard, National Regent
in poor soil we can still grow. Personal responsibility for
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