PRAYERS BEFORE READING SCRIPTURE

I am not trying, O Lord, to penetrate your loftiness,
for I cannot begin to match my understanding with it,
but I desire in some measure to understand your truth,
which my heart believes and loves.

For I do not seek to understand in order to believe,
but I believe in order to understand.
For this too I believe,
that ‘unless I believe, I shall not understand[1].’

— Saint Anselm, Proslogion

Teach me to seek you,
and reveal yourself to me as I seek:
For unless you instruct me
I cannot seek you,
and unless you reveal yourself
I cannot find you.
Let me seek you in desiring you:
let me desire you in seeking you.
Let me find you in loving you:
let me love you in finding you.

A prayer of St. Anselm of Canterbury, which he prayed to God as he began one of his theological works. (From the book by Loyola Press & William Barry, SJ)


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