Making All Things New

The interior life is the beginning of eternal life. Heaven does not begin after we die. It starts here and now as we respond to God’s grace by making all things new and creating paradise on earth. Today, sadly, many people seem to have forgotten or have dismissed heaven, thereby ignoring the idea of eternally living with God. We are so preoccupied with the surface of life, we do not pay attention to the divine call to enter more deeply into the silent streams of a God-energized life of the Spirit which transforms us into more loving and compassionate beings who see beauty in everything, who love the truth, who thirst for justice and who embrace and protect all of creation. We watch TV, we shop, we fight, we ignore the common good, we applaud the rich and the powerful, we snub the poor and the weak, and we rape the environment.

“No man who ignores the rights and needs of others can hope to walk in the light of contemplation, because his way has turned aside from truth, from compassion, and therefore from God. …The obstacle is in our `self,’ that is to say in the tenacious need to maintain our separate, external, egocentric will.”
-Thomas Merton
New Seeds of Contemplation
[New York: New Directions, 1961]


1 Response to “Making All Things New”

  1. 1 aliceny April 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    As I was re-reading most of your first paragraph, a remembered quote came to mind: “Keep your eyes on the prize.” That saying was voiced many times during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. It is a compilation of many quotes from the New Testament!

    Thank you.

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