Pause for Prayer: SUNDAY 6/2

Every spring we have a blessing at Mass for our graduating high school seniors, as we did last night.  We gave them each a book of prayers and a copy of a prayer Thomas Merton wrote.  It's a great prayer for graduates -  and for anyone else as well.  Pray it slowly... each line deserves reflection...

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 my self.
And the fact that I think 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 not leave me to face my perils alone.

-Thomas Merton 

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