Merton prayer for Discernment

Discernment – att urskilja, att se

At a very difficult and dark period in Thomas Merton’s life he penned this prayer that has been such a help to so many people:

O 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 that fact that I think

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 to please You.

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 make my journey alone.

 

Source: Thomas Merton, Pax Christi, Benet Press, Erie, PA.

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