Thomas Merton's Prayer

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Thomas Merton's Prayer

Postby Dallas » Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:18 pm

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, "Thoughts in Solitude"

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Postby sunlight » Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:44 pm

OK. The prayer giants have been marshalled (that includes Merton) for you and all of us on

"Your Heavenly Father will never let you down."

So praise God and pass the pepsi!

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Postby Booger » Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:46 am

How many times can Merton say "I" in a prayer? He always seemed self-absorbed and pompous to me.

Here's one I heard that I like.

Make me an instrument of your will.
Help me not to do anything stupid.
I surrender to you.

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