Thomas Merton Prayer

February 10, 2012

In response to my post on Monday, “Waiting in Hope”, my friend, Patti Clement, reminded me of Thomas Merton’s prayer.  I am thankful to know Patti as she and I share a passion for Ignatian Spirituality, spiritual direction, and retreat ministry.  Patti’s ministry has been growing tremendously as she gives retreats at Jesuit Retreat Houses in Louisiana, Georgia, and Texas.   Thanks for the much needed reminder of this prayer!
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, Thoughts in Solitude

If anyone is interested in contacting Patti for retreat work, you can email her at (patticlement at cox dot net).  

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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