One of the most brilliant thinkers of his age, Blaise Pascal was a noted theologian, philosopher, writer, mathematician, and scientist. After undergoing an intense religious experience as an adult, Pascal became involved with the Jansenists, a movement within the Catholic church focused on promoting a robust form of Augustinianism, and wrote several influential theological works, including his famous Pensées.
Blaise Pascal died on August 19, 1662. In honor of his amazing life and legacy, this Sunday’s prayer comes from him.
O Lord, let me not henceforth desire health or life
…..except to spend them for thee and with thee.
Thou alone knowest what is good for me;
…..do therefore what seemeth thee best.
Give to me or take from me;
conform my will to thine;
and grant that, with humble and perfect submission,
…..and in holy confidence,
…..I may receive the orders of thine eternal providence;
and may equally adore all that comes to me from thee,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.