Thomas Merton, a Roman Catholic Trappist monk would have been 100 years old today. When I was a teenager, I read his The Seven Storey Mountain. The book strongly influenced my life, career path and my faith decisions.
This prayer is from that book. It’s offers a very unique glimpse into the inner prayer life of one of the most spiritually contemplative mystics of the 20th century.
Over the years, I’ve used the prayer often and offered it to many along their paths…survivors grieving the loss of a love; addicts struggling with recovery or sobriety; prisoners seeking forgiveness; depressed and fearful souls searching for hope…
You might pray it often:
“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