Here is a prayer from Thomas Merton that seems perfect for the beginning of a new week.

Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, in Whom the fulness of God dwells and is manifested, whoever tries to be a contemplative without you is dead. Whoever enters into interior darkness in which You cannot be found enters into the gate of hell. Whoever enters into a silence in which Your voice cannot be heard enters into the antechamber of the devil.

I will not fear the darkness where, desiring to find You, my desire does not seem to find you. But if I desire You, I have already found You. If I love You, You are with me. If I cry out to You, You have already heard my voice.

(From Dialogues with Silence, ed. Jonathan Montaldo)

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