Desiderius Erasmus was one of the great reformers of the 1500s. Protestants tend not to think of him as a reformer, of course, because he remained a committed Catholic throughout the Protestant Reformation, and famously disagreed Luther on the nature of human free will. But Erasmus was also an outspoken critic of the late medieval church, and one of the key voices calling for institutional, clerical, educational, and moral reform. As such, he should definitely be regarded as one of the most important of the early reformers.
Scholars are somewhat divided on his precise birthdate, but it was either October 26, 27 ,or 28. (Or maybe it was just a really long delivery!) Regardless, in honor of his birth, this morning’s prayer comes from him.
Lord Jesus Christ, the world’s true sun, always rising, never setting,
whose life-giving warmth engenders, preserves,
nourishes and gladdens all things in heaven and on earth,
shine into my soul, I pray:
scatter the night of sin and the clouds of error;
blaze within me, so that I may go on my way without stumbling,
taking no part in shameful deeds done in the dark,
but ever walking as one born to the light.