St. Thomas Aquinas: Dominican Priest, Author of the Summa Theologica, Angelic Doctor of the Church, Patron Saint of Students and Universities and all around super star. Today is his feast day. Below is one of my favorite prayers authored by him.
Prayer of a Student by St. Thomas Aquinas
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 Christ our Lord. Amen.
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