Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A student's prayer

Living in a university city a significant percentage of the church I pastor is made up of students. This prayer is particularly relevant for them as they sit exams this week, but also for everyone who ever endeavors to "study to show themselves approved".

A Student's Prayer

St. Thomas Aquinas

Creator of all things,
true source of light and wisdom,
origin of all being,
graciously let a ray of your light penetrate
the darkness of my understanding.

Take from me the double darkness
in which I have been born,
an obscurity of sin and ignorance.

Give me a keen understanding,
a retentive memory, and
the ability to grasp things
correctly and fundamentally.

Grant me the talent
of being exact in my explanations
and the ability to express myself
with thoroughness and charm.

Point out the beginning,
direct the progress,
and help in the completion.

I ask this through Christ our Lord.


  1. Hi Mike,
    Thanks for the pointer to this prayer - a great example of seeking and relying on God in all aspects of our lives, even study! It's something I was praying about earlier today just before you texted:)

  2. So glad to hear it!

    I love how he asks God to illuminate him from the double darkness of sin and ignorance. So profound and necessary.