Dear brothers and sisters,
Where are you going? Where am I going? Where we all are going?
Obviously we all are going to the end of life – to death.
But is that all for the entire arduous earthy journey? Birth, living, and death? And nothing else?
Well, we may not know where we will be after death, but we can be sure of one thing: death is not the end of everything.
Say, if you have created a restaurant, the restaurant may still be there after you die and your children may continue to run it. It may last more than 100 years, through several generations of owners in your family.
But it may not end there either. Maybe one offspring of yours takes a couple of the restaurant recipes and turn them into frozen foods in a frozen food company, which may expand and last for several hundred years. And then, other similar things may happen to keep your original restaurant ideas go on and on and on forever.
If you teach your children something good, they will pass it on to their children, who in turn will pass it on to their children, who in turn will pass it on… and it will go on and on and on… maybe till eternity when it will fill the entire world.
That is how we sustain the world and the human race with our good deeds. We give birth to a good deed, and it has its own life – it grows and moves from one person to another, from one generation to another, from one village to millions of villages, through space through time, day and night, never standing, never stopping, until the good conquers the world and the bad disappears into oblivion, never to return.
That is the history of humankind. A journey to refine ourselves, always moving ahead, always refining, always bettering, one step each day, moving on, moving on, until one day the light triumphs and the dark is no more.
In that journey, everyone’s good deeds, from the beginning of time, are immortal, and march together, fight together, advance together, until the battle for the light of the world is won.
And our own lot in that common journey is immortal for the entire journey, long long long after our bodily death.
That is where we all are going now, and after death.
Wish us all the final victory.
Caritatem, et pacem
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In this prayer of Fr Thomas Merton.
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Love and Peace