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.