Give us, O Lord,
steadfast hearts, which no unworthy thought can drag downwards;
unconquered hearts, which no tribulation can wear out;
upright hearts, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.
Bestow upon us also, O Lord God,
understanding to know you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thomas `a Kempis, 15 century