Posted by: Jayme | December 11, 2008

Powerful Prayer – to Share

Though Thomas Merton’s doctrine grew murky toward the end of his short life, the Trappist monk did leave a lasting impression on many in the Christian community.  Along with numerous other works, he the authored the prayer below.  It helped me to focus and to trust during some of my roughest times – including pre-Catholic days when I had no idea who Merton was.  The day after the 40th anniversary of his death, I’d like to share it with you.  Maybe you know someone who’s in middle of their own difficulties.

The Trappist Monastery in Kentucky where Merton once served.

The Trappist Monastery in Kentucky where Merton once served.

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.

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