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 wholeness, wholeheartedness, unity, and equality, which finds the same ground of love in everything.” Thomas Merton

I’m writing this on the Friday following our midterm elections. The political climate in our country 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, the root sin in all of us and fears die hard. I for one need to search my heart, 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 to their beliefs but, to our Father God in heaven.

“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.” Thomas Merton

“Christ has no body now on earth but yours,

No hands but yours,

No feet but yours,

Yours are the eyes through which to look out

Christ’s compassion to the world.

Yours are the feet with which he is to go about

doing good;

Yours are the hands with which he is to bless all now.” 

Teresa Avila 16th century (1515-1582

Father God,

Thank you for the saints above, for all saints whose hearts beat with yours. May we all in some way be useable instruments for your purposes here on earth. Help us to be open to the nudges of your Spirit in our daily lives, to see all of humanity with Christ like eyes.


Lois Autterson

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