I really don’t know where this blog will go but I’ve had it in my head and heart to have a blog where folks who’d like to celebrate peace and life in the manner of St. Francis and St. Clare could share ideas and maybe some prayers for each other and the world around us.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on the Incarnation in Franciscan Spirituality and the implications that has for person or persons attempting to live out Franciscan values. What does it all mean?
One of my favorite prayers and contemplations comes from Thomas Merton.
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 re ally 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”