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 “Prayer” from Thoughts in Solitude
kyrie eleison, have mercy,
christe eleison, have mercy.
We are all alike in this one way
when we can barely agree about anything else –
We are all lost,
wandering weeping wretched
It is when I am shown mercy
that I become mercy,
loving where others show hate
giving where others take away
building up where others tear down.
We are found:
we become Christ where we live
because He renews in us through His sacrifice
a new life in Him.