A famous theologian, philosopher, mathematician, inventor, and writer, Blaise Pascal was a polymath who explored virtually every aspect of human life. But he is probably best known among Christians for his Pensées, a defense of Christianity, and his famous wager on the existence of God.
Pascal died on August 19, 1662. In honor of his amazing life and ministry, this Sunday’s prayer comes from him.
Perfect, O my God, the good impulses that thou givest me. Be their end as thou art their principle. Crown thy own gifts, for I recognize that they are from thee. Yes, my God, and far from pretending that my prayers may have some merit that forces thee to accord them of necessity, I humbly acknowledge that, having given to created things my heart, which thou hadst formed only for thyself, and not for the world, nor for myself, I can expect no grace except from thy mercy, since I have nothing in me that can oblige thee to it, and since all the natural impulses of my heart, whether tending towards created things, or towards myself, can only irritate thee. I, therefore, render thee thanks, my God, for the good impulses which thou givest me, and for the very one that thou hast given me to render thanks for them.