The Inner Ground of Love

“If the deepest ground of my being is love, then in that very love and nowhere else will I find myself, the world, and my brother and sister in Christ.  It is not a question of either or but, of all-in-one.  It is not a matter of exclusivity and “purity” but of wholeness, wholeheartedness, unity, and of Meister Eckhart’s, gleichheit (equality) which finds the same ground of love in everything.”  Thomas Merton

I’m writing this on the Sunday afternoon before Tuesday’s presidential election.  The political climate has been anything but uplifting and harmonious.  Our spirits crave a world that treats all God’s people and creation with respect and dignity.  Fear of the unknown often causes us to deny what our soul wants most.  Old habits and fears die hard.  I for one need to search my heart to bring God’s reconciliation and love into the political climate of my world today.  We do not belong to our political candidates of choice or their beliefs but, to our Father God in heaven.

Thomas Merton wrote: “We are the primary actors in the formation of our own identities.  We create networks of nurturing inter-relationships with our fellow human beings.  We affect and are affected by the matrix of nature’s evolution within which we move and have our being.  Through this trinity of relationships, we experience communion with the source that underwrites our being in time, the God that energizes our becoming one with everything in that hidden ground of love for which there can be no explanations.”

Father God,
I thank you for the words of Thomas Merton’s.  For all the saints whose hearts beat with yours.  May we all in some small way be useable instruments for your purposes here on earth.  Teach us to trust and put ourselves into your loving hands. Amen

Lois Autterson

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