One Prayer a Day: Submerge

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God, submerge me
within the darkness of your love,
that the consciousness
of my false, on a regular basis self
falls away from [me]
like a dirty garment. . . .

Might my ‘deep self’ fall into your presence . . . .
understanding you alone . . .
carried away into eternity
like a lifeless leaf within the November wind.

(Thomas Merton, The Ascent to Fact, p. 238)

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