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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Where Am I Going?...

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.

Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude" (1915 - 1968)
Trappist monk and author

In our achievement-oriented society, it is especially difficult for one to devote time to reflecting on life's ultimate values.

Even when the satisfaction of achievement fails one and all one's striving seems useless, the consideration of a possible God behind it all is usually rejected.

In each human, there is a spark, however dim, of enduring goodness. This spark is the divine within us, and if one is ever to find God, he or she must recognize and respect this spark in others...irregardless of status or class.

Today particularly many feel that God is missing from our world...

Fear not, He is always there....

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