Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Thomas Merton's Prayer to Etienne Gilson

Merton is Catholic, but don't read this as his praying to Gilson like a saint. Merton wrote this prayer and sent it to him.

And for those who don't know who Gilson is (I didn't), here's Wikipedia's probably mostly reliable work of truthiness about him.

And here's the prayer:

Please pray for me to Our Lord that, instead of merely writing something, I may be something, and indeed that I may so fully be what I ought to be that there may be no further necessity for me to write, since the mere fact of being what I ought to be would be more eloquent than many books.