Prayers Of Thomas Aquinas

thomas aquinasI just finished reading a book of prayers compiled from the work of Thomas Aquinas. Here are a few that caught my attention—

Thy wounds, as Thomas saw, I do not see; 

Yet Thee confess my Lord and God to be: 

Make me believe Thee ever more and more; 

In Thee my hope, in Thee my love to store.

Sion, lift thy voice and sing: 

Praise thy Savior and thy King; 

Praise with hymns thy Shepherd true: 

Dare thy most to praise Him well; 

For He doth all praise excel; 

None can ever reach His due.

Almighty and everlasting God, behold I come to the Sacrament of Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: I come as one infirm to the Physician of life, as one unclean to the Fountain of mercy, as one blind to the Light of everlasting brightness, as one poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore I implore the abundance of Thy measureless bounty that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to heal my infirmity, wash my uncleanness, enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty and clothe my nakedness.

Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion.

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