St. Thomas Aquinas recited this daily before the image of Christ
O merciful God, grant that I may desire ardently, search prudently, recognize truly, and bring to perfect completion whatever is pleasing to Thee for the praise and glory of Thy name.
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 Thy will, as is necessary and fitting for the salvation of my soul.
Grant to me, O Lord my God, that I may not falter in times of prosperity or adversity, so that I may not be exalted in the former, nor dejected in the latter.
May I not rejoice in anything unless it leads me to Thee; may I not be saddened by
anything unless it turns me from Thee.
May I desire to please no one, nor fear to displease anyone, but Thee.
May all transitory things, O Lord, be worthless to me and may all things eternal be ever cherished by me.
May any joy without Thee be burdensome for me and may I not desire anything else besides Thee.
May all work, O Lord, delight me when done for Thy sake and may all repose not
centered in Thee be ever wearisome for me.
Grant unto me, my God, that I may direct my heart to Thee and that in my failures I may ever 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, cheerful without frivolity, mature without gloom, and quick-witted without flippancy.
O Lord my God, let me fear Thee without losing hope, be truthful without guile, do good works without presumption, rebuke my neighbor without haughtiness, and—without hypocrisy—strengthen him by word and example.
Give to me, O Lord God, a watchful heart, which no capricious thought can lure away from Thee.
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 Thee, diligence in seeking Thee, wisdom in finding Thee, discourse ever pleasing to Thee, perseverance in waiting for Thee, and confidence in finally embracing Thee.
Grant that with Thy hardships I may be burdened in reparation here, that Thy benefits I may use in gratitude upon the way, that in Thy joys I may delight by glorifying Thee in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Thou Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.