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.  I do hope I have that desire in

all that I am doing.  I hope that I will never do anything apart from

                 that desire.  I do 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”

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