Thomas Merton – A 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.


From Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude)

This prayer was quoted by Fr. James Martin in the most recent Podcast of On Being (see HERE).

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Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton (1915–1968), was a Trappist was one of the best known Catholic spiritual writers of the 20th century. He authored more than 60 books, including the story of his conversion, Seven Storey Mountain, a contemporary spiritual classic writing.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

3 thoughts on “Thomas Merton – A Prayer”

  1. Versiune personala – umblarea prin credinta (?)

    Doamne, desi nu stiu incotro merg, stiu ca sant pe calea Ta,
    De calea placuta, Duhul Tau ma fereste sa intru pe ea,
    Accept sa merg pe unde ma porti Tu, deoarece e stiuta de Tine,
    Ce sa fac? nimic, ma incred doar in Tine,
    Ratiunea e confuza, nu sant eu cel care crede ca merg bine,
    Cuvantul Tau, ma asigura ca-s bine, El ma invata asa.

    Pusa in versuri, “Umblarea prin credinta” ar suna super.
    Interesant sa vezi un catolic gandind evangheliceste, ma refer la TM

    Multumim de resurse,
    Shalom si Sarbatori pline de bucurie.


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