O most gracious God, from whom every good and perfect gift cometh, we
beseech Thee to work in us both to will and to do according to Thy good
pleasure. Enlighten our minds that we may know Thee, and let us not be
unfruitful in that knowledge. Lord, work in our hearts a true faith, a
purifying hope, and an unfeigned love towards Thee. Give us a full trust
in Thee, zeal for Thee, reverence of all things that relate to Thee.
Make us fearful to offend Thee, thankful for Thy mercies, humble under
Thy corrections, devout in Thy service, and sorrowful for our sins.
Grant that in all things we may behave ourselves so as befits a creature
to his Creator, a servant to his Lord. Make us diligent in all our
duties, watchful against all temptations, pure and temperate and
moderate in Thy most lawful enjoyments, that they may never become a
snare to us. Help us, O Lord, to act towards our neighbour that we may
never transgress the royal law of Thine, of loving him as ourselves.
Finally, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to sanctify us throughout, that our
whole spirit, soul, and body, may be preserved blameless unto the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ; to whom with Thee and the Holy Ghost be all
honour and glory for ever. Amen.
“Thomas à Kempis