Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know,
To love what I ought to love,
To praise what delights thee most,
To value what is precious in thy sight,
To hate what is offensive to thee.
Do not suffer me to judge according to the sight of my eyes,
Nor to pass sentence according
to the hearing of the ears of ignorant men;
But to discern with a true judgment
between things visible and spiritual,
And above all, always to inquire what is the good pleasure of thy will.
Thomas à Kempis, 1379-1471, German monk
Of the Imitation of Christ
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us,
a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.