St. Thomas More (1438-1535) is a Roman Catholic Saint and martyr. He was an English lawyer and an important Councillor to King Henry VIII. He was beheaded for opposing the King’s separation from the Catholic Church and refusing to accept the King as the Supreme Head of the ‘Church of England’. He is the Patron of Lawyers, Politicians and Civil Servants. His feast is celebrated on June 22nd. Here is a beautiful prayer by St. Thomas More for overcoming sloth and growing in Spiritual Fervor.
O Lord, give us a mind that is humble, quiet, peaceable, patient and charitable, and a taste of your Holy Spirit in all our thoughts, words and deeds. O Lord, give us a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, a love of You. Take from us all lukewarmness in meditation and all dullness in prayer. Give us fervor and delight in thinking of You, your grace, and your tender compassion toward us. Give us, good Lord, the grace to work for the things we pray for. Amen.