Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Merton's Thoughts in Solitude

From time to time, I will re-read this wonderful prayer by the Catholic monk, Thomas Merton. His words continue to offer guidance to those who are not sure what to do with their lives. I am certain there are many, even those who are in their retirement years, who are still uncertain of what is the purpose of their lives. May this prayer be a helpful guide as you seek God more.
"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 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." - Thoughts in Solitude

(Thomas Merton, Dialogues with Silence, HarperSanFrancisco, 2001, vii)

1 comment:

Club 108 said...

Very interesting thoughts.
I would be interested to hear what you and your readers think of a similarly themed article I just had published at Elephant Journal.

“The Lost Art of Being Alone with God”

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