Tuesday, February 27, 2007

lenten meditation

No time to write today; will try to get back to my next homeschooling post later in the week. Meanwhile, here is Thomas Merton's well-known prayer from Thoughts in Solitude. It can be found, with translations in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Swahili, at the Merton Institute site.

I like this prayer, because it reminds us that we do not have all the answers (something we could all stand to remember!) but that through our striving to do God's will we serve him. And always, He is with us.

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 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 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.

- Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude"
© Abbey of Gethsemani

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