We thank you, Holy Father, that it has been your will and good providence that we, more than many others, should have free access to your word and opportunity to know your will. Make us more appreciative of this great privilege. May the fact that you, God, have spoken fill us with reverence and awe when we come to study the word, lest we drift into a contemptful familiarity with it and handle it as a profane thing, as we are too prone to do. And inasmuch as your speaking calls for our hearing, may our ears be open, our hearts receptive and willing. Let your word be unto us a light indeed and become in us the power for the enlightening of others and for the final obtaining of the promise through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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