Praying with St. Thomas Aquinas

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, philosopher, patron of Catholic universities, colleges and schools. One biography of him suggested that his life could be “summed up in a few words: praying, preaching, teaching, writing, journeying.”

Although we most often think of Aquinas as a theologian and philosopher (Leo XIII called him “the prince and master of all Scholastic doctors”), he was also a contemplative who had a rich prayer life. Whatever his other contributions, Aquinas wrote a number of beautiful poems and prayers that reveal this side of him. (I’ve shared before – here – my favorite one of his poems.)

This morning it seems fitting to share this wonderful Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas, which expresses well the desire of so many of us:

Grant me, O Lord my God,
a mind to know you,
a heart to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
conduct pleasing to you,
faithful perseverance in waiting for you,
and a hope of finally embracing you.

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2 thoughts on “Praying with St. Thomas Aquinas

  1. Here’s a prayer for students:

    Creator of all,
    source of all light and wisdom,
    you made everything.
    Let a ray of your light
    penetrate the darkness of my mind.
    Take from me all darkness of sin or ignorance.
    Give me a keen understanding,
    a good memory,
    and the ability to grasp things
    correctly and completely.
    Help me to be exact in my explanations
    and to express myself thoroughly and clearly.
    Show me how to begin my work,
    direct my progress, and help me complete it.
    I ask this
    through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

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