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Prayer of Saint Thomas More
Give me the grace, Good Lord:
To set the world at naught.
To set the mind firmly on You
And not to hang upon the words of men's mouths.
To be content to be solitary.
Not to long for worldly pleasures.
Little by little utterly to cast off the world
And rid my mind of all its business.
Not to long to hear of earthly things,
But that the hearing of worldly fancies may be displeasing to me.
Gladly to be thinking of God,
Piteously to call for His help.
To lean into the comfort of God.
Busily to labor to love Him.
To know my own vileness and wretchedness.
To humble myself under the mighty hand of God.
To bewail my sins and, for the purging of them,
Patiently to suffer adversity.
Gladly to bear my purgatory here.
To be joyful in tribulations.
To walk the narrow way that leads to life.
To have the last thing in remembrance.
To have ever before my eyes my death that is ever at hand.
To make death no stranger to me.
To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of Hell.
To pray for pardon before the judge comes.
To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me.
For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks.
To buy the time again that I have lost.
To abstain from vain conversations.
To shun foolish mirth and gladness.
To cut off unnecessary recreations.
Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all,
To set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.
To think my worst enemies my best friends,
For the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good
With their love and favor
As they did him with their malice and hatred.
These minds are more to be desired of every man
Than all the treasures of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen,
Were it gathered and laid together all in one heap.
Prayer to Saint Thomas More
Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity,
Merry martyr and most human of saints:
Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be:
Trustworthy with confidences,
Keen in study,
Accurate in analysis,
Correct in conclusion,
Able in argument,
Loyal to clients,
Honest with all,
Courteous to adversaries,
Ever attentive to conscience.
Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients' tales.
Read with me in my library and stand always beside me
So that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul.
Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you:
Friendship and courage,
Cheerfulness and charity,
Diligence in duties,
Counsel in adversity,
Patience in pain...
Their good servant, and God's first.
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