You who are the true source of life and wisdom and the Principle on which everything depends, be so kind as to infuse in my obscure intelligence a ray of your splendor that may take away the darkness of sin and ignorance.
Grant me keenness of understanding, ability to remember, measure and easiness of learning, discernment of what I read, rich grace with words.
You who are true God and true Man, Jesus my Savior, who lives and reigns forever.
When I was in graduate school, Davy Carozza, father of my brother-in-law, gave me this prayer from Thomas Aquinas. It helped a lot, getting through grad school, and it’s still a moving prayer.