Last updated on May 22, 2021
John 17: 15-18
I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world.
JOHN PAUL II
May 24, 2000
The Ascension, then, is a Trinitarian epiphany that indicates the goal to which personal and universal history is hastening. Even if our mortal body dissolves into the dust of the earth, our whole redeemed self is directed on high to God, following Christ as our guide.
Sustained by this joyful certainty, we turn to the mystery of God the Father, the Son and the Spirit, which is revealed in the glorious Cross of the risen Christ, with the adoring prayer of Bl. 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 peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity… Give peace to my soul; make it your heaven, your beloved dwelling and your resting place… O my Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to you …, until I depart to contemplate in your light the abyss of your greatness” (Prayer to the Blessed Trinity, 21 November 1904).