“We are exiles in the far end of solitude, living as listeners,
With hearts attending to the skies we cannot understand:
Waiting upon the first far drums of Christ the Conqueror,
Planted like sentinels upon the world’s frontier.” – Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton’s poem illustrates the joy and anticipation of life in God’s Kingdom. We live in an already but not yet world where the Kingdom is manifest here and yet to be manifested there. It is seen in the smallest of events and the largest but remains unrecognized most often when it is right under our nose.