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A Companion of Jesus

A Prayer by Thomas Merton

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.

‘Thoughts in Solitude’
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

Merton quoting St John of the Cross, wrote in the Ascent of Truth, that – “In order to conform our lives to the life of Christ, we must meditate upon His life “so that we may imitate it.” And in order for us to do this well, we must renounce “every pleasure that is not for the honour and glory of God.” Our motive in all this is “the love of Jesus Christ.” (Emphasis mine)

Michael Daly
July 2009

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July 26, 2009 - Posted by | Thoughts

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