Thomas Merton, ordained as a priest, May 26, 1949

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Thomas Merton: I was very happy to sing the Gospel – the magnificent triumph of Christ, which is echoed and expressed in the ordination of the priesthood of a thing like myself that He picked up out of the wreckage of the moral universe and brought into his house. It is He Who looks up to heaven, in my own soul full of weakness and infidelity, and cries out, “Father, the hour has come, glorify the Son, that thy Son may glorify Thee.” and the context reminds me to whom I belong: “As Thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he may give life everlasting to all whom Thou hast given him.” My joy is the great power of Christ. And for that, above all, I am glad of my deep moral poverty, which is always before me these days, but which does not obsess or upset me because it is all lost in His mercy. (May 26, 1949, Journal II, 316)

Larsen and Hegarty, Believing in Myself – Like our youth, the quality of our old age is largely up to us. If it provides the leisure to cultivate an ever-growing intimacy with God, ourselves and others, it can hardly be all bad, If with the wear and tear of years we also get wisdom, we needn’t be so afraid to be old.   Every stage of  my life offers new opportunities.

Cameron, The Artist’s Way Every Day: What I refer to as ‘the vein of gold’, Egyptians referred to as ‘the golden ray’. It is the individual, indisputable, indestructible connection to the divine. The vein of gold in every life is located in the heart of that life. The heart is the origin of creative impulses.

Kelli: How wonderful to be reminded that our connection to the divine is  individual, indisputable and indestructible!

Acts 1:6-14 (The Message)

When they were together for the last time they asked, “Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?”

He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”

These were his last words. As they watched, he was taken up and disappeared in a cloud. They stood there, staring into the empty sky. Suddenly two men appeared—in white robes! They said, “You Galileans!—why do you just stand here looking up at an empty sky? This very Jesus who was taken up from among you to heaven will come as certainly—and mysteriously—as he left.”

So they left the mountain called Olives and returned to Jerusalem. It was a little over half a mile. They went to the upper room they had been using as a meeting place:  Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James, son of Alphaeus ,Simon the Zealot, Judas, son of James.

They agreed they were in this for good, completely together in prayer, the women included. Also Jesus’ mother, Mary, and his brothers.

Upper Room Disciplines 2014 – ‘With one heart all these joined constantly in prayer” (NJB).  In this coming week, we are journeying in the time of the Ascension. One theme of this week strikes me powerfully: the growing development of a community of prayer. Before, during and after the Ascension, we read the disciples are meeting as group that prays and discerns together. They seek to become more and more one mind and heart with Christ and with one another, Immediately after Jesus’ death, the community of followers scattered. But as the risen Lord began to appear to them, seemingly they began to gather as a tight-knit community sharing and praying together. By the time of the Ascension, Jesus’ followers have become a praying community. Something powerful can occur within a community that prays and discerns together. (Annemarie Paulin-Campbell, pg. 180)

Kelli: Something powerful does happen to that band of believers on the day of Pentecost. That same empowerment and presence of God isn’t happening in our time. It’s not because God can’t or won’t move in the same ways. It’s because we have turned away from that intentional community and connection.  Without community and connection, there can be no co-creation with Holy Love.