December 18, 2014

A Prayer from Thomas Merton

James Martin writes and speaks at length about Thomas Merton and how his words inspired him to join the Jesuit order. At the end of the interview, Krista asked him to read a favorite passage. Listen to Jim Martin's reading from Thoughts in Solitude — and what he calls "a prayer everyone can pray":

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.

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is a Jesuit priest and editor at large of America magazine. His books include The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life, and most recently Jesus: A Pilgrimage.