Praying for clarity

Over the last months, I have often prayed for clarity and asked others to pray for clarity.
Today I found this interesting quote:

When the brilliant ethicist John Kavanaugh went to work for three months at “the house of the dying” in Calcutta, he was seeking a clear answer as to how best to spend the rest of his life. On the first morning there he met Mother Teresa. She asked, “And what can I do for you?” Kavanaugh asked her to pray for him. “What do you want me to pray for?” she asked. He voiced the request that he had borne thousands of miles from the United States: “Pray that I have clarity.”
She said firmly, “No, I will not do that.” When he asked her why, she said, “Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of.” When Kavanaugh commented that she always seemed to have the clarity she longed for, she laughed and said, “I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God.”

(from Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust, Harper San Francisco, © 2000, p.5, in John Wile, The Crossroads of Decision, May 2007, Encouragement Online Magazin, http://www.barnabas.org/magazine.php)

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