He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that we cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. - Aeschylus

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Praying with Icons: St. Justin Martyr the Philosopher

Pray for us, St. Justin, that we might also seek
after the truth with a boldness and persistence
in dialogue with the great philosophers, meek
and humble in approaching the wise who once
had much to learn of both earth and in Heaven.

Pray for us, holy Philosopher, that we grow in
love for Holy Wisdom, her timeless beauty the
loveliness that fills our minds, draws us again
and again into the Light of Christ who is truly
the Divine Logos, font of wisdom and reason.

Pray for us, holy Martyr, that we be granted a
courageous heart, and heart full of confidence
in God who saves us from eternal death of the
soul and invites to eternal life all those, prince
or pauper, who lay down their lives for Truth.

Lord, we ask you, the Father of Life whom we
truly worship unto ages of ages, that our death
will be the holy end to our lives by which we
emulate the Son, the Lamb of God, each breath
sending forth prayers to You who are our Hope.

Note:  The above is a picture I took of an icon of St. Justin Martyr, which I purchased from bostonmonks.com along with other great icons.  I have a certain affinity for Justin Martyr, both because he was a philosopher and because the Catholic Church I started in during my conversion process was named after him.

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