The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench


A prayer at the start of a new job

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra
At Thomas Merton’s hermitage, 2004

Words from the master, with a grateful h/t to Doug Souza:

Take my life into Your hands, at last, and do whatever You want with it. I give myself to Your love and mean to keep on giving myself to Your love — rejecting neither the hard things nor the pleasant things You have arranged for me. It is enough for me that You have glory. Everything You have planned is good. It is all love.

The way You have laid open before me is an easy way, compared with the hard way of my own will which leads back to Egypt, and to bricks without straw.

If you allow people to praise me, I shall not worry. If You let them blame me, I shall worry even less, but be glad. If You send me work I shall embrace it with joy and it will be rest to me because it is Your will. And if You send me rest, I will rest in You. Only save me from myself. Save me from my own, private, poisonous urge to change everything, to act without reason, to move for movement’s sake, to unsettle everything You have ordained.

Let me rest in Your will and be silent. Then the light of Your joy will warm my life. Its fire will burn in my heart and shine for Your glory. This is what I live for. Amen, amen.

— From Sign of Jonas, by Thomas Merton.


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Patm

posted October 14, 2008 at 3:28 am


You start the job on Wednesday?Or on the 14th?Your intentions are in my prayers.



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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted October 14, 2008 at 6:00 am


I begin Tuesday the 14th! Dcn. G.



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Deacon Alex Breviario

posted October 14, 2008 at 7:15 am


God will give you ALL you need in your new job, because HE will be with you every step of the way…Best wishes and peace…



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Paul Stokell

posted October 14, 2008 at 10:25 am


The Sign of Jonas was his best book, although his Asian Journal runs a close second, IMHO.



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