Thomas Merton’s Prayer


I pray Thomas Merton’s prayer every day for discernment. In case you’re not familiar with it, I thought I’d share it here.

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahed 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.


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Therese Borchard
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10 Responses
  1. Terilee Peavler

    Dear Therese,
    I wanted to thank you for all you do, but especially for this prayer this morning. I have been going through a very “dark night of the soul” and it did help to read this. You are an inspiration to me as I try to keep my head above water. I wanted to let you know, since I know you suffer from depression, too, that you are such a great help, whether or not it may seem so to you at the time – sort of like what this prayer is saying. Take care and many blessings to you, Terilee

  2. Therese,
    I thank Ggod that you are here. I appreciate your courage, honesty and faith. You are one of the people who I read every day and am again thankful that you are here.

      1. Fr.. Joe Girzone

        Inspiring website, Therese. Thanks for you courage to follow the path through the dark tunnel.


        Fr. Joe Girzone

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  4. ah what a joy to see others with this prayer…it is one of my favorites!!!! it speaks to my soul so deeply and i feel well again on each reading!