Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Thomas Merton and the Trappist Gethsemani Abbey
Here is a prayer that one of my international online certificate program students just shared with the course. She found it at Gethsemani, the Trappist monastery that Thomas Merton made so famous. There is also one of my favorite prayers by Merton that another student shared. (You can tell that Thomas Merton is one of the contemporary authors we are reading in this Unit.)
A LITANY of the PERSON
Image of God
Born of God’s breath
Vessel of divine Love
After his likeness
Dwelling of God
Capacity for the infinite
Chosen of God
Home of Infinite Majesty
Abiding in the Son
Called from eternity
Life in the Lord
Temple of the Holy Spirit
Branch of Christ
Receptacle of the Most High
Wellspring of Living Water
Heir of the kingdom
The glory of God
Abode of the Trinity
God sings this litany
Eternally in his Word
This is who you are.
This is definitely Merton's prayer and a favorite of many:
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.