Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Bouquet of Good Intentions

My community retreat is  now over and for some unknown reason I spent a good portion of the retreat praying about all of my GOOD INTENTIONS.  I don't know who came up with that silly saying, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."  It isn't true!  Why do we so often think about things in negative terms?  We could just as easily say that the road to heaven is paved with the seeds of good intentions.  Seeds take time to germinate.   The seeds we plant in the earth require a time of waiting before they are able to blossom. Likewise, the good intentions that fall into our hearts may not blossom immediately (for many reasons).  This does not mean we should forget them

Obviously these good intentions have come from God whose name can be found in the word, good.  Just because they were given to me and yet remain unfulfilled does not mean they are dead intentions.  They are still good.  So let's ponder together some of our good intentions.  In the midst of our busy lives they visit us like guardian angels. If we have not adequately brought these good intentions to fruition today, there is always tomorrow or the next day, or even the next month or two.  They have come to us for a reason and we are the ones who can help them to blossom.

Today I am making a bouquet of my good intentions. I will print them out and put them on my bulletin board as a reminder that it is never too late to bring them to birth.  

  • Write a real letter to someone in my address book.
  • Go for an early morning walk at least once a week.
  • Devise a regular schedule for writing..
  • Visit Jackie.
  • Send a card of support to our spiritual directors.
  • Call Mary soon.
  • Affirm someone every day.
  • Work in the soup kitchen once in awhile
  • Visit our Sisters in the infirmary at least once a week.
  • Write on my blog at least once a week.
  • Design an 'on-line' retreat experience.
  • Listen to others with my very best presence.

Spend some time with your Good Intentions.


  1. I love the Poetry Party intention. Am I invited???????

  2. Macrina: a million blessings on all your endeavors from an old friend, I look forward to reading more. Happy summer! Happy writing!

  3. That's so creative, Macrina. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to the 'online' retreat. Marianne

  4. Thanks for the reminder that good intentions not yet fulfilled are not dead intentions and do come from God!

  5. Oh my really said what was in my heart very well...I have been wondering am I just a bad person for not following through on many intentions that I had. You made me feel so much better as a mom and a wife after reading this. Thanks.