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Day 8: Ascension, a send-off on mission

Acts 1.8

"And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."


Let us contemplate together, if you will, this representation of the Holy Trinity ... and become full of gratitude for the solicitude, the Love, the Mercy of which we are the beneficiaries, all, without exception. Since Christ became man, since he took flesh of the Virgin Mary and ascended to heaven with His Father ... man is at the heart and the care of the Three ...
Let us hear then what the Apostle tells us : You have been resurrected with Christ. Therefore, seek out the realities from above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father. The purpose of our life is found above, not on earth.

The Word became flesh so that we know the love of God.

The Word became flesh to be our model of holiness.

The Word became flesh “so we may come to share in the divine nature "(2 Pet 1: 4):" For this is the reason why the Word became man, and the Son of God, Son of Man, ": it is so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving the divine filiation, becomes a son of God" (St. Irenæus, hær 3, 19, 1). God made himself man to make us God "(S. Athanasius, inc.54, 3: PG 25, 192B)." The only Son of God, wanting us to participate in His divinity, assumed our nature, so that He, made man, made men God "(S. Thomas A., Opus 57 in FestoCorp, Chr.1) Catechism of the Catholic Church No. 460


Why do we not work here on earth, so that by faith, hope, and charity, through which we connect in Him, we can also be resting in Him in heaven at the same time? While He is there, He is with us too; and while we are here, we are with Him too. He does it through His divinity, His power, His love; And since we cannot do the same through His divinity, we can always do it through love in Him, in them.

Prayer of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me to forget myself entirely that I may be established in You as still and as peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity.  May nothing trouble my peace or make me leave You, O my Unchanging One, but may each minute carry me further into the depths of Your Mystery.  Give peace to my soul; make it Your heaven, Your beloved dwelling and Your resting place.  May I never leave You there alone but be wholly present, my faith wholly vigilant, wholly adoring, and wholly surrendered to Your creative Action.

O my beloved Christ, crucified by love, I wish to be a bride for Your Heart; I wish to cover You with glory; I wish to love You… even unto death!  But I feel my weakness, and I ask You to “clothe me with Yourself,” to identify my soul with all the movements of Your Soul, to overwhelm me, to possess me, to substitute Yourself for me that my life may be but a radiance of Your Life.  Come into me as Adorer, as Restorer, as Savior.  O Eternal Word, Word of my God, I want to spend my life in listening to You, to become wholly teachable that I may learn all from You.  Then, through all nights, all voids, all helplessness, I want to gaze on You always and remain in Your great light.  O my beloved Star, so fascinate me that I may not withdraw from Your radiance.

O consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, “come upon me,” and create in my soul a kind of incarnation of the Word: that I may be another humanity for Him in which He can renew His whole Mystery.  And You, O Father, bend lovingly over Your poor little creature; “cover her with Your shadow,” seeing in her only the “Beloved in whom You are well pleased.”

O my Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to You as Your prey.  Bury Yourself in me that I may bury myself in You until I depart to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your greatness. AMEN.

Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6