Creator of all things, the true source of light and wisdom, the 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.
This prayer for a student was written by Thomas of Aquinas. I understand that this situation is true for many of us, as students in a classroom setting. I pray it is also true that even when we graduate into our careers that we are still students. I hope that we are always studying to be better family members, better disciples, better leaders, and better teachers to students of our own. Truly, we should recognize that we will always be students of some kind.
However, I know that many of us are still in the season of studying things like math and history and things of that sort, which may or may not be our favorite thing to study. I hope that we can keep Thomas Aquinas’ words in the front of our minds and we too pray that the Creator of these subjects helps us understand our work, and be steadfast, striving for excellence.