Day 06 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 06

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

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, OSB

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One Response to Day 06 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

  1. Deacon Greg says:

    The phrase in this prayer that speaks to me is “But I believe that the desire to please you in fact pleases you.” At the beginning of my discernment I took a trip to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes located near Emmitsburg, MD. It was a cold December day and I was the only person at the shrine. I spent many hours that can in prayer asking our Lord and Holy Mother the direction I should take. The response I received was to quit asking the question and get on with His work. I was so focused on the ‘me’ that I had lost track of the fact that it is His will not mine.
    Since that December day I have tried to live by the spirit of that phrase. I might get it right every day, but what I do I do because I think it will please Him and not worry about whether it makes sense to me, or pleases me.
    I am reminded what St. Paul tells us in Galatians 1:10 “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ.”
    The Lord knows what’s in my heart and all I can do is live with a desire to please Him in everything I do. Because by trying to please Him I am pleasing Him.

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