“Mary Ann, you speak of yourself as a tired sheepdog constantly watching the edges of the field. What would it look...
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).
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