Monday, October 25, 2010

“All things work together for those who love God” Romans 8:28

I have a favorite word – it is a word I learned in the late 1960’s when I took my first courses in computers. The word? Synergy. I considered it a business word. Later I discovered it is really a faith word.

In the letter to the Romans there is this verse: “All things work together for those who love God” - or to say another way: “All things work for good for those who love God” In the original Greek there is the word “synergia” – “all work together” from which comes our word “synergy.”

This word tries to express the dynamic that comes from two or more persons working together. From the business perspective it considered the dynamic of team work. The potential is NOT multiple – it is exponential!

From a faith perspective it considers not only people of faith coming together for common purpose but when people of faith work toward the Good that is God, more will happen than we could ever imagine.

When Sisters gather for our common life, the grace of synergy abounds. It is not unusual for us to come away from our gatherings joyful because of the Spirit’s work in us. Ultimately – for me – synergy is what happens in community life. More than ever – synergy is my favorite word.
Roberta A Popara, O.P.
North Palm Beach, Florida

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