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Prayer and Our Scholé Groups

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Colleen Leonard has written a beautifully encouraging post on the role of prayer for the Scholé Groups blog. She offers some excellent practical suggestions for making prayer a priority, both in community and in leadership. In light of that, I wanted to share the prayer that we at Providence Prep include in our weekly Coventio et Recitatio (basically, a brief Morning Time at the beginning of our day). It is taken from The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis:



Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know,
To love what I ought to love,
To praise what delights you most,
To value what is precious in your sight,
To hate what is offensive to you.

Do not allow me to judge according to the sight of my eyes,
Nor to pass sentence according to the hearing of the ears of ignorant people;
But to discern with a true judgment between things visible and spiritual,
And above all, always to inquire what is the good pleasure of your will.

~ Thomas à Kempis, On the Imitation of Christ, Book III.l


This prayer has also inspired our school motto: Scire quod sciendum et amare quod amandum—literally, to know what ought to be known and to love what ought to be loved. 

Please share other prayers and other effective ways you have found to incorporate prayer into your Scholé Groups as well as into your own homes!


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We also have prayers we use at Paideia Fellowship. We have prayers before study and prayers after study. We also have some prayers for other times and situation as they arise. I attached our class prayers here if you are interested!

Class Prayers.pdf

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