Reflective Moments September 2020

In his letter to the Galatians, Saint Paul tells us that as we sow so shall we reap. We see a lot of reaping going on right now. Farmers and gardeners are reaping what they sowed earlier. At our meals we are enjoying fresh tomatoes, green beans and squash. Riding along the road, one can see soy beans and corn.  Two examples on a literal level. 

What about the spiritual level? We also reap what we sow spiritually. What do I want to sow spiritually? I want to sow positive thoughts, positive energy. I want to sow compassion and empathy. I want to always speak encouraging, uplifting and motivating words. Never words that denigrate. Words are powerful. They can break or heal another. I pray that I may always sow healing words.  

I want to sow gratitude. It has been said that every Christian’s basic attitude must be gratitude. Benedictine Monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast calls gratefulness the heart of prayer. Who would want to live outside the heart of prayer? Probably none of us.  

I want to sow love. Jesus was always sowing love. Saint Angela Merici was always sowing love. She told us to take our refuge at the feet of Jesus. What better place to find love. What better teacher could we ask for.  

I pray that each of us will sow the good things of life. 

By: Sister Marietta Wethington 


  1. Lydia Reid

    Dear Sister Are you related to the Wethingtons from Browns Valley? I knew a family by that name when we lived there 70 years ago!

  2. Pamela Knudson

    Thank you for the positive words of encouragement. I look forward to your monthly Reflections.

  3. Mary Theresa Danhauer

    Marietta – powerful words for us to ponder now in the harvest season. As harvest is completed, farmers and gardeners make plans for next season, so there’s never a time not to think about sowing and harvesting. Thanks for sharing these thoughts. We certainly need more POSITIVE energy now!

  4. Gail Ratti Curran

    Thank you, Sister Marietta! I love the reminder you give us in your reflection to sow loving words. You do that. I think back on Fall of October 2013 when my spiritual direction training cohort began learning from you and Sister Ann, Sister Elaine, and Monica. I have reaped so many benefits from those two years! Thank you again for modeling empathy and compassion!

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