Thomas Merton’s Prayer That Anyone Can Pray

A short article about Thomas Merton which includes his famous prayer. It reminds one of the Holy Hobo Prayer from a different tradition, but similar in feel: “I don’t know what I am looking for, but I know I’m looking for something, and I only hope to recognize it when I find it.”

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Thomas Merton’s Prayer That Anyone Can Pray | On Being.

“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 that 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 will I 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.” Altar on  left courtesy of Menlo Macfarlane

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