Three 20-something women trying to figure out what it means to be lay, Catholic, and modern all at once.

November 11, 2009

Were Not Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us...

Yesterday I stopped into a church to pray for a bit before I met up with a friend for dinner. I had many things to bring the many people to pray for and so many blessings to thank Him for. I also had one thing to bring to God which has literally been stirring in my heart for the past few months or so. I need to, I have to, I must do some sort of pro-life work. My heart has literally been set on fire with the desire to pray for a place or a forum to do this work. I don't know what capacity it will be in, or where it will take me, but I have to. I have actually never had this strong or consistent of a desire for something before in my life. I can't explain much more about it right now, but as I continue to pray about it, I will keep you posted on the doors that the Lord opens for me to serve Him. In the meantime, I'll share a prayer from Thomas Merton that comforts me in times of discernment. My well-worn Catholic Prayer Book from my childhood calls it the "Trust in God's Providence" prayer:

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 that I have that desire in all
that I am doing.
And I know that if I do this, you
will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore I will 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.


Gardenia said...

thank you for this post today. It spoke to my heart.

Jennie said...

It's funny you mention this because I too have been feeling a strong urge to become more involved in the pro-life movement. It can be a bit confusing figuring out where to start. Do you have any ideas?

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