Thomas Merton’s Simple Prayer

 

On this, the 102nd birthday of my spiritual guide and mentor, Thomas Merton, I thought it timely to re-run this well-received post.

It is, perhaps, Merton’s most widely-known, if not most profound, prayer:

Thomas Merton’s prayer reminds us that simple desire and trust allow for a closeness that second-guessing often fails to achieve.

“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” – Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

Merton’s words are always a source of comfort. Perhaps they touched your heart as well this morning.

Have a peaceful day.

Peace

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