Today is All Saints Day. A special day that recognizes and celebrates all holy individuals we know and those who remain unknown.
As I child I always felt like the saints, those holy individuals, were like unseen members of my team. People I could count on in good times, but even more importantly, when God’s plan was something different than mine.
We wanted to share our Praying with the Missionary ebook with you for this special day.
And, often I know when I think of the lives of saints, I think about my own discernment journey- am I leading the life God is calling me to lead?
I wanted to share one of our favorite prayers of discernment from Thomas Merton that we share with Mission Doctors discerning service.
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 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. Amen.