O Lord, my God, teach my heart where to see you,
how to see you,
where and how to find you.
You have made me and remade me,
and you have given me all the good things I have ever possessed
– and still I do not know you.
Teach me to seek you,
for I cannot seek you unless you teach me,
or find you unless you reveal yourself to me
Help me to seek you in desire,
help me to desire you in my seeking,
help me to find you by loving you,
help me to love you when I find you.
– St. Anselm of Canterbury, England 1033-1109
O merciful God, fill our hearts, we pray, with the graces of your Holy Spirit; with love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control. Teach us to love those who hate us; to pray for those who despitefully use us; that we may be the children of your love, our Father, who makes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. In adversity grant us grace to be patient; in prosperity keep us humble; may we guard the door of our lips; may we lightly esteem the pleasures of this world, and thirst after heavenly things; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
— Anselm of Canterbury, 1033-1109