Friday, January 28, 2011

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas was perhaps the most gifted theologian and doctor of the church to date. He is patron for university students. He was lived from 1225-1274 and was a contemporary of St. Francis of Assisi. Read his life story today and pray for his sons The Order of Preachers better known as the Dominicans.

 A Prayer used when sitting down to study
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 Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

                                                 -Saint Thomas Aquinas OP (patron of scholars)

I think that all of us can use this prayer whether we are currently "students" or not. We all are students of the bible and of our faith. So as we strive to learn and grow more, let us commit to praying this prayer. Copy this prayer and place it as a bookmark in your bible or catechism.

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