The Merton Prayer

Erica and I have been attending one of our local parishes’ viewing and discussion of Catholicism, the series by Fr. Robert Barron, as part of our Lent. Tonight we discussed the subject of prayer, and Erica and I both kind of thought the episode wasn’t one of our favorites, but it did introduce me to one of our great mystics, a Trappist by the name of Thomas Merton.

I thought I’d share this prayer from one of his books as it really touched me today given where I am in my life right now, and I thought it might help some of you, as well… especially high school seniors.

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 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 I will 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”

Hope you all have a truly blessed Holy Week to conclude the Lenten season! 🙂

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