A Prayer of Thomas à Kempis

Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know,
to love what I ought to love,
to praise what delights thee most,
to value what is precious in thy sight,
to hate what is offensive to thee.
Do not suffer me to judge according to the sight
      of my eyes,
nor to pass sentence according to the hearing
      of the ears of ignorant men;
but to discern with a true judgment between things
      visible and spiritual,
and above all, always to inquire what is the good
      pleasure of thy will.

— Thomas à Kempis


Reflection*:

Behold — Where are the eyes of your heart drawn into this prayer?
Believe — How is your faith strengthened in this prayer?
Belong — Who are you recalling as you pray this prayer?
Become — What is God inviting you to receive and thereby become as you pray this prayer?

*Written by Steve Macchia: May 6, 2021.

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