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Saint Thomas Aquinas Meditation
 (A Dominican priest from Italy; Doctor of the Church; he died 1274)


O God, all-powerful and all-knowing, without beginning and without end, you who
are the source, the sustainer, and the rewarder of all virtues, grant that I may abide
on the firm ground of faith, be sheltered by an impregnable shield of hope, and be
adorned in the bridal garment of charity.

Grant that I may through justice be subject to you, through prudence avoid the
beguilements of the devil, through temperance exercise restraint, and through
fortitude endure adversity with patience.

Grant that whatever good things I have, I may share generously with those who have
not and that whatever good things I do not have, I may request humbly from those
who do.

Grant that I may judge rightly the evil of the wrongs that I have done and bear
calmly the punishments I have brought upon myself, and that I may never envy my
neighbor’s possessions and ever give thanks for your good things.

Grant that I may always observe modesty in the way I dress, the way I walk, and the
gestures I use, restrain my tongue from frivolous talk, prevent my feet from leading
me astray, keep my eyes from wandering glances, shelter my ears from rumors,
lower my gaze in humility, lift my mind to thoughts of heaven, condemn all that will
pass away, and love you only.

Grant that I may subdue my flesh and cleanse my conscience, honor the saints and
praise you worthily, advance in goodness, and end a life of good works with a holy
death.

Plant deep in me, Lord, all the virtues, that I might be devout in divine matters,
discerning in human affairs, and burdensome to no one in fulfilling my own bodily
needs.

Grant to me, Lord, fervent contrition, pure confession, and complete reparation.
Order me inwardly through a good life that I might do what is right and what will be
meritorious for me and a good example for others.

Grant that I may never crave to do things impulsively, nor disdain to do what is
burdensome, lest I begin things before I should or abandon them before finishing.

 

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