Our prayers are with all students and families during this busy “back-to-school” season. There are currently two friars that are enrolled in classes and in need of your prayers for another successful school year.
Fr. Patrick, our chaplain for the EWTN News studio in Washington, DC, is currently working on a licentiate degree in the New Evangelization from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Though most of the program is distance learning, each summer Fr. Patrick spends a month studying at the Seminary. Fr. Patrick’s program promises to provide many innovative ideas that will help him continue to reach others with the love of Christ through his evangelization efforts.
Brother Matthew is in his final year of studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He was recently ordained a deacon, and by June he will be ordained a priest. This is an exciting time in Br. Matthew’s life as he approaches the day when he will fully give his life in service to the Lord.
The start of every school year often means new routines, activities, and responsibilities, but remember to keep Christ as your foundation. Start and end each day in prayer and God will provide all the peace and strength you need.
Prayer for Students from St. Thomas Aquinas:
Ineffable Creator, Who out of the treasures of Thy wisdom has appointed three hierarchies of Angels and set them in admirable order high above the heavens and hast disposed the divers portions of the universe in such marvellous array, Thou Who art called the True Source of Light and supereminent Principle of Wisdom, be pleased to cast a beam of Thy radiance upon the darkness of my mind and dispel from me the double darkness of sin and ignorance in which I have been born. Thou Who makest eloquent the tongues of little children, fashion my words and pour upon my lips the grace of Thy benediction. Grant me penetration to understand, capacity to retain, method and facility in study, subtlety in interpretation and abundant grace of expression.
Order the beginning, direct the progress and perfect the achievement of my work, Thou Who art true God and true Man and livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.