We are migrating our current existing code off from Struts (finally!) to Spring. We currently have a couple of *.properties files where we keep a 'repository' of all sql statements referenced by a name. On the programmatic side, we would just call that reference name to pull out the sql statement.

Is there a clean way about doing this in Spring? I'm also open to possible design alternative/approaches at the moment. However, keeping all sql statement within one place would be our best interest in heart.