I've been given some indication that I should expect to be sent back to school this coming fall. Should this happen, I anticipate that it will be a spiritually and emotionally challenging transition on several levels.
With some of that rolling around in the back of my consciousness, as it has been for months now, I prayed this morning's gospel canticle antiphon for St. Thomas with gratitude:
Blessed be the Lord; for love of him Saint Thomas Aquinas spent long hours in prayer, study, and writing.
Easily it turns around into my own prayer. If I am asked to transition into a full time assignment of study and writing, may I be without anxiety except to examine myself on my love of God. It is the only purpose and motivation, and the only foundation that will hold me together anyway.
When I checked my typical edition breviary, I was disappointed to see that the antiphon was not quite the same:
Benedictus Dominus, pro cuius amore beatus Thomas studuit, vigilavit et laboravit.
In fairness, though, vigilare in the sense of prayer doesn't have a simple translation in English, and the great labor of St. Thomas was certainly his writing.