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Prayer Before Intellectual Work

Saint Thomas Aquinas praying before starting his intellectual labor.
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Ineffable Holy Spirit,
You are the only source of intelligence, science and wisdom.
Illuminate my reason with the splendor of Your Truth
and kindle my heart with the fire of Your Love.
Grant me:
Patience, to carry my Cross;
Purity, to harness my passions;
Studiousness, to avoid neglect and vain curiosity;
Tenacity, to drill into the problem with questions;
Perspicacity, to understand the cause;
Wisdom, to put in order;
Memory, to remember;
Humility, to correct my errors;
Suavity, to express myself.
I pray for this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
In nómine Patris, et Fílii, et Spíritus Sancti. Amen.

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