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  • Writer's pictureDr. Anthony Lilles

Holy Ground

The Trinity is the ground of our soul. This eternal communion of divine persons in one Nature is given as life-giving soil for the heart with Infinite Humility. Only in this garden can we bear fruit for eternal life. Only this ultimate Truth is able to bear the weight of human existence. We find this ground on which to stand by faith because this is how God has revealed Himself—the Father has spoken His Mighty Word into the lowly dirt of our humanity so that we might at last behold Him, and see in His eyes gazing back at us the deepest truth about who we truly are. Prayer that seeks out and welcomes this Word made flesh learns to attend to: the echoing thunder of heaven's thrown whose majesty and power reign over every circumstance, the saving truth that sets us free, the irrevocable promise that does not pass away, the suffering cry of Mary's Son wrapped in swaddling clothes, the gentle whisper of a mysterious stranger struck to the heart by our plight, the comforting call of the Good Shepherd who has sought us through thick and thin, the soothing song of the Vinedresser who longs for us to thrive and be fruitful, the urgent prayer of the Suffering Servant who has offered everything for our sake, the ardent appeal of the Bridegroom who longs for His Bride, the triumphant shout of our Captain who has vanquished our enemies, the joyful welcome of the Father who has patiently awaited our return, and the the answer of many mysterious trumpets and roaring waters from a glassy sea and the ringing of crowns cast down, answering at once, "Worthy is the Lamb!" and "Come Lord Jesus!" Like Moses, we can only approach this Life set ablaze barefoot and vulnerable, bathed in unfamiliar wonder. He was sent from above to abide in us and invites us to abide in Him, just as He is with the Father. His breathes His Spirit of Life to convince, to teach, to correct, sometimes even to rebuke, but always to build up, to offer hope. This Gift from above does not destroy or diminish, but comes to heal and make perfect. He consumes and purifies, but does not reduce to nothingness. This uncreated Fire rectifies, raises us above ourselves, planting the Word in our hearts. And the Father rejoices in what He contemplates in us.

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