1334539_95110203By Sr. Barbara Hudock, ASC

“Essential to survival, seeds have profound spiritual implications. For centuries, the planting of seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but also symbolized the mystery of life and the journey of the soul.”

These words are taken from the new book, Sacred Seed: A Collection of Essays.

Nature is always planting seeds. I saw several fly by my head, you know those large puffy ones, just the other day.

I believe that this is what religious life is about today — planting seeds and nourishing life. We believe that all of life is evolving. One part of that evolution has to involve planting seeds. So whether we plant seeds literally or figuratively, whether we plant them in Bolivia, Vietnam, Liberia or Peru, in a garden or in a pot on the porch at Columbia, Ruma, Wichita or St. Louis, we become one with all of creation in this act of planting seeds.

In this electronic age that entices us to know more and do more with all of our gadgets, I have made it a point to have most of my passwords include some form of “plant seeds.”

It reminds me to come back to the natural side of life. In a few weeks we will begin the season of Lent. Perhaps between now and then we can look at what type of planting each of us does and get our seeds ready.