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Thomas Merton - Anniversary of Death

December 10, 2013

Thomas Merton's Famous 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 that I have that desire in all that I am doing.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road 
although 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.

 (From Thoughts in Solitude, p. 83)

Education for Justice resources marking the anniversary of Thomas Merton:

  • Thomas Merton & Education of the Whole Person: This four-page resource focuses on Merton's thoughts on education, as they are explicitly recorded, are provocative, but brief and general. He summarized in a letter that education "means the formation of the whole person"; he designated its purpose as "self-discovery," a major theme in his essay, "Learning to Live." 
  •  Thomas Merton: Christian Roots of Nonviolence: This four-page resource features excerpts from Thomas Merton's essay, "Blessed are the Meek: The Christian Roots of Nonviolence." A prayer and discussion questions are included.