3 Advent Thursday

Help Me Please

Teach me to go to this country beyond words and beyond names.
Teach me to pray on this side of the frontier, here where these woods are.
I need to be led by you.
I need my heart to be moved by you.
I need my soul to be made clean by your prayer.
I need my will to be made strong by you.
I need the world to be saved and changed by you.
I need you for all those who suffer,
who are in prison, in danger, in sorrow.
I need you for all the crazy people.
I need your healing hands to work always in my life.
I need you to make me, as your Son, a healer, a comforter, a saviour.
I need you to name the dead.
I need you to help the dying to cross their particular rivers.
I need you for myself whether I live or die.
I need to be your monk and your son.
It is necessary. Amen.

— Thomas Merton in A Search for Solitude: The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume Three, 1952 – 1960

Today: Consider the ways in which you need God…. then share those needs with him…. today!

Ed Jansen, OCM

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