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Remember to seek God’s help

With the end of the autumn term rapidly approaching, remember to turn to God for help each time you sit down to study.  St. Thomas Aquinas, OP wrote the following prayer, which remains as helpful as ever.

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 Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

                                                 -Saint Thomas Aquinas, OP (patron of scholars)

 For some other possibilities, see http://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/prayers-before-studying.html.  Of course, you can always pray to God in your own words.  God hears and answers our prayers, especially those consistent with His call in our lives.  Remember that God has called you here to Dartmouth for a reason.  Place your trust in Him.  He is with you.


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