“After my first Mass I understood perfectly and for the first time in my life that nothing else in the world is important except to love God and to serve Him with simplicity and joy. I saw most clearly that it is useless and illusory to look for some spectacular and extraordinary way of serving Him, when all ordinary services immediately becomes sublime and extraordinary as soon as it is transfigured by love for Him.”
-The Signs of Jonas, Thomas Merton
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What a beautiful quote about Holy Mass. Are you familiar with Thomas Merton’s prayer that starts like this:
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………
It’s a fairly long prayer but one I think you’ll like. If you google in the beginning of the prayer, above, you’ll probably find it.
Thomas Merton was the last spiritual writer that I have explored before my personal encounter with Jesus. He led many souls including mine to Jesus and he amazes me with his pure faith, and humility.. and he’s so funny! When I first read the prayer, I was not a follower of Christ. And here I am reading this again as a follower of Christ thanks to your reminder! Just what I needed.. thank you so much.
“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 I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that my desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope that 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.”