Prayer of Acknowledgement – T S Eliot – Little Gidding

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Prayer of Acknowledgement – T S Eliot – Little Gidding

T S Eliot by Lady Oacttoline Morrell 1934A Prayer of Acknowledgement

T. S. Eliot wrote Little Gidding. The writing below comes from Part V, of his “Four Quartets”.

It seemed to be a perfect thing to share with you, especially at this time of year.

It somehow found its way to the top of my desk from Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation, a Roman Catholic Organization located in the American Southwest.

I don’t know that Eliot thought of it as a prayer, but it has that subtle and uplifting aura to me.

I hope you like it!


With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flames are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

TS Eliot Signature




  1. Soooo very wonderful-thank you dear Rebecca for sharing this….the words inspire me to review more carefully my understanding of the meaning and significance of ‘Unconditional Trust ‘

  2. Addendum…. Not only Unconditional Trust but the sublime mystery of the ‘Will to Sacrifice ‘ inherent in Life itself…

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