PRAYER: To Acquire The Virtues, by Thomas Aquinas

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 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,
contemn 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
always restrain my foolish impulses,
yet never succumb to lethargy,

Lest I begin things before I should
or abandon them before finishing.


1 Comment on PRAYER: To Acquire The Virtues, by Thomas Aquinas

  1. That is really a cool prayer. Thomas Aquinas was a helluva poet! Amen to all that!


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