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.
– St. Thomas Aquinas
What a prayer! I've had an affinity for Aquinas for quite some time, especially through his prayers and through the writings of Josef Pieper (German philosopher and translator of Aquinas). The above prayer says simply and eloquently the prayer of every Christian heart. We want to be pleasing to our Creator, to fulfill His will in our lives. It perfectly escalates from the mind to the heart and on through human contact with the Father to the final hope! the end of our race! the hope of our calling – finally resting in the embrace of our Lord.
Aquinas can be a bear – volumes and volumes of deep theological philosophy. But it's worth the effort to seek out the wisdom of those who have gone before. Early Christian fathers like Justin Martyr and Augustine and those who came later, but still centuries before our time, like Aquinas, they all give us insight into our Christian heritage. They bear witness to the same truth that we hold today. We can learn from them.
Quote of the week
“Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.”
– Thomas Aquinas
Though my eyes cannot see Him, I believe He is with me – always.
Though I cannot do as Thomas the Apostle did and put my finger in the wounds of Christ, I believe He suffered those wounds for our salvation.
Though the reason of this world tries to tell me that having such faith is foolish and archaic, I believe that there is Hope in Christ.
Though the way is sometimes difficult, I have a hope and a future in Him.
Today, I pray for ever increasing faith because faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen (Heb 11:1, NASB).
It's the middle of the week, a great time for some fuel from those who have gone or are going before us.
“May I be no man's enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides. May I never quarrel with those nearest me: and if I do, may I be reconciled quickly. May I love, seek, and attain only that which is good. May I wish for all men's happiness and envy none. May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me. When I have done or said what is wrong, may I never wait for the rebuke of others, but always rebuke myself until I make amends. May I win no victory that harms either me or my opponent. May I reconcile friends who are angry with one another. May I never fail a friend who is in danger. When visiting those in grief may I be able by gentle and healing words to soften their pain. May I respect myself. May I always keep tame that which rages within me. May I accustom myself to be gentle, and never be angry with people because of circumstances. May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things he has done, but know good men and follow in their footsteps.”
Eusebius, 4th century christian and Roman historian