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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sunday 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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  1. Thank you, of my very favourite prayers, and specially apt for me to pray this morning.
    Blessings on you x

  2. Yes. One of my favorite prayers as well. Sadly my diocese has waayyy over used it for the ministry discernment process by having aspirants and those working with the aspirant pray it over and over.

    Thankfully we are adding others so this one can be prayed again with other discerning intentions.

  3. A beautiful prayer and one of my favorites. Haven't heard it in a while, so it was especially meaningful this morning. Thanks.

  4. Never saw this one before but it certainly spoke to me today.

  5. I love this prayer too. Sometimes it is quite apt. I can commiserate with mompriest about the overuse of a good thing in the discernment process. It makes for an aversion to that which is fundamentally sound when used in the right place.

    The sermon went well but I am still an Episcopalian in Lutheran clothing. Maybe they can put up with less law and marginal grace and a bit of Pelagianism thrown which makes me oh so Anglican. Only time will tell

  6. Thank you for posting this--it's especially relevant for me as well.

  7. I love this prayer too and it really fits where I am (and one of my Sophia sisters is) right now. Thanks!

  8. Sue, I am wild about this prayer. Thank you so much.


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