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Thomas Merton's Prayer

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Thomas Merton's Prayer

 

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

1915 ?1968

A Trappist monk