Thursday, May 06, 2010

Pete's Prayer

In honor of the National Day of Prayer, I'm posting one of Pete's favorite prayers in his memory.

The Road Ahead, by Thomas Merton, is a prayer that Pete held close to him. He kept a batch of copies in a white folder that usually traveled with him. The copy appearing to the right is from that folder. In his volunteer work, Pete counseled many troubled people, and he often gave copies of this prayer to them.

In the four years since Pete died, I've learned this prayer by heart as I've tried to live by its philosophy. My own "road ahead" seems more peaceful now, not so frightening as it once was. You were right, Pete. Prayer works.