" It is the union with God in a darkness where nothing is seen or understood, that is the source of the mysterious love which is the life blood of Christianity. It is in the darkness of faith that the soul is united to Christ, and in this darkness the Holy Spirit, like an inexhaustible spring of living water, irrigates the dry wastes of the soul that is exhausted by attachment to the things of sense. This living water revives the soul and makes it capable of a love and compassion which are the most powerful of all spiritual forces because they are the power of God Himself in us: and God is Love."
~Thomas Merton, A Life in Letters, p. 186
We thank You for your mercy and grace. For Your Son that suffered so that we might live in eternal union with You. Thank You for the opportunity we all have of repentence. Forgive us of our sins, for times when we let the world come first. We love You and praise You.
May we find the time to empty ourselves of our egos and attachments, of all things, and reach towards Your holy throne. May we give You all that we have, so that you may fill us with Your presence, restoring, refreshing and renewing us. Equipping us with strength to carry out Your will and bring You unspeakable glory. In the darkness of silence, wrap us in Your light. In our chosen emptiness, fill us with Your love. May we take that love and cast it boldly into a world that thirsts for it.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever.