Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Friday 24 September |
The Blessed Virgin Mary—Our Lady of Walsingham
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Put your life in order with this prayer by St. Thomas Aquinas


© Renata Sedmakova | Shutterstock

Philip Kosloski - published on 01/28/20

If you are feeling disorganized, here is the perfect prayer to bring better order to your life.

Establishing order in our lives isn’t always very easy. This can be especially difficult when children are added to the mix. Whatever the case may be, living in a disorganized way can often lead to greater anxiety and fewer feelings of peace in the soul.

St. Thomas Aquinas is well known for his amazing work in organizing the beliefs of the Catholic Church into his Summa Theologiae. He also wrote a powerful prayer that he reportedly prayed every day, usually entitled, “For Ordering a Life Wisely.”

It is a lengthy prayer, but it is filled with great wisdom and is a cry out to God, asking him to help bring order into your life where you need it most.

O merciful God, grant that I may desire ardently, search prudently, recognize truly, andbring to perfect completion whatever is pleasing to You for the praise and glory of Yourname.Put my life in order, O my God.Grant that I may know what You require me to do.Bestow upon me the power to accomplish Your will, as is necessary and fitting for thesalvation of my soul.Grant to me, O Lord my God, that I may not falter in times of prosperity or adversity, sothat I may not be exalted in the former, nor dejected in the latter.May I not rejoice in anything unless it leads me to You; may I not be saddened byanything unless it turns me from You.May I desire to please no one, nor fear to displease anyone, but You.May all transitory things, O Lord, be worthless to me and may all things eternal be evercherished by me.May any joy without You be burdensome for me and may I not desire anything elsebesides You.May all work, O Lord, delight me when done for Your sake and may all repose notcentered in You be ever wearisome for me.Grant unto me, my God, that I may direct my heart to You and that in my failures I mayever feel remorse for my sins and never lose the resolve to change.O Lord my God, make me submissive without protest, poor without discouragement,chaste without regret, patient without complaint, humble without posturing, cheerfulwithout frivolity, mature without gloom, and quick-witted without flippancy.O Lord my God, let me fear You without losing hope, be truthful without guile, do goodworks without presumption, rebuke my neighbor without haughtiness, and—withouthypocrisy—strengthen him by word and example.Give to me, O Lord God, a watchful heart, which no capricious thought can lure awayfrom You.

Give to me a noble heart, which no unworthy desire can debase.Give to me a resolute heart, which no evil intention can divert.Give to me a stalwart heart, which no tribulation can overcome.Give to me a temperate heart, which no violent passion can enslave.Give to me, O Lord my God, understanding of You, diligence in seeking You, wisdom infinding You, discourse ever pleasing to You, perseverance in waiting for You, andconfidence in finally embracing You.Grant that with Your hardships I may be burdened in reparation here, that Your benefits I may use in gratitude upon the way, that in Your joys I may delight by glorifying You inthe Kingdom of Heaven.You Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.


Read more:
An effective prayer against lustful thoughts, by St. Thomas Aquinas


Read more:
Think Thomas Aquinas is too hard to read? This free video course can help

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Cecilia Pigg
7 Ways the saints can help you sleep better at night
Philip Kosloski
An alternative Hail Mary to Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of La Salette
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady of La Salette can give us hope in darkness
Philip Kosloski
Pray this Psalm when you successfully recover from an illness
Philip Kosloski
Why J.R.R. Tolkien loved to attend daily Mass
Domitille Farret d'Astiès
Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspi...
Aid to the Church in Need
What happens when a million children pray the Rosary?
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.