St. Thomas Aquinas’ Prayer for Scholars

St. Thomas Aquinas’ Prayer for Scholars October 25, 2011

Ineffable Creator,

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.

Grant me strength to begin well my studies; guide me along the path of my efforts; give them a happy ending.

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.


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  • Jillian Gregory

    This sounds like a great prayer for test day. My prayers were never so eloquent and always included the phrase, “If knowledge fails, please help them guess well!”


  • Reminds me of a quote from The Imitation of Christ:

    The greater and more complete thy knowledge, the more severely
    shalt thou be judged, unless thou hast lived holily. Therefore
    be not lifted up by any skill or knowledge that thou hast; but
    rather fear concerning the knowledge which is given to thee. If
    it seemeth to thee that thou knowest many things, and
    understandest them well, know also that there are many more
    things which thou knowest not. Be not high-minded, but rather
    confess thine ignorance. Why desirest thou to lift thyself above
    another, when there are found many more learned and more skilled
    in the Scripture than thou? If thou wilt know and learn anything
    with profit, love to be thyself unknown and to be counted for

  • Though it seems to me that Aquinas was more inclined to enjoy his scholarly wisdom than Kempis…