A Merton Compline

A Merton compline. I absolutely love Merton. I relate alot to him..including his own internal warfare with his personal imperfections. I try to remember him in my prayers that his stay in purgatory might be lessened.

The Lenten prayer for this week is written by Trappist monk Thomas Merton. It is from from Thoughts in Solitude (1958)

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

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