1 Advent Friday

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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 in Thoughts in Solitude

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Today: Pray this prayer three more times. As you pray, what phrase sticks out in your mind the most? Trust that this is God speaking to you directly through this phrase. Write the phrase down. Carry it with you throughout the day. Ask God to how is he attempting to reach you through this phrase.

Ed Jansen, OCM

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