O loving and merciful God,
my whole existence depends on you.
I ask you to send your Holy Spirit
into my heart and my mind.
Fill me with your grace
beyond my own personal strength,
so that I can dedicate the time and energy
that I need to study.
Give me the strength to resist distractions.
When I am studying by myself,
help me to remember
that you are my companion
and that I am never truly alone.
Help my professors to explain things clearly.
Help me to respect them.
Help me to pay attention and listen well in class.
Give me the courage to ask questions
when I don't understand.
Give me the humility to ask for help when I need it.
Help me to accept the grades that I get
after I have done all that I can do.
Give me a spirit of gratitude
for the privilege of studying at this University,
while most people in the world
will never have such a rare opportunity.
Help me to make the most
of the wonderful gifts
you have given me,
and to return them to you with generosity.
You have been with me through rough times in the past.
Help me to trust that you are here with me now.
Give me hope for the future,
and help me to trust that, whatever the future brings,
you are already there waiting for me
with your loving embrace.
I offer you this prayer through your Son,
my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you, forever and ever. Amen.
by Bishop Michael Sis