The Right Road

We all want to know where we are going and when we are going to get there. I teach a couple of courses on this discernment of God’s call and I have seldom heard such wisdom as from the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, on trying to figure out this life of faith. Here is how he prays:

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 my desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope that 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. (Thomas Merton, “Life of Solitude”)

Paddy Ducklow
My name is Paddy Ducklow. I am retired from CAREY but happy to have my past blogs here. I have had the privilege of assisting faculty, board, staff, pastors, students, etc. to write their thoughts and become published. Today, I can be found at www.theducklows.ca
  1. Laura Reply
    Perhaps he was inspired by Frodo: "I will take the ring, though I do not know the way" …. Though, it must be acknowledged that Merton's theology is a tad more polished, which is why I aspired to be like Merton in my 20's but am now content to be like Frodo now that I am old.

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