'My God, how far I am from acting
according to what I know so well!
I confess it, my heart goes after shadows.
I love everything better than communion with You.
I am ever eager to get away from You.
Often I find it difficult even to say my prayers.
There is hardly any amusement I would not
rather take up than set myself to think upon You.
Give me grace, O my Father,
to be utterly ashamed of my own reluctance!
Rouse me from sloth and coldness
and make me desire You with my whole heart.
Teach me to love meditation,
sacred reading and prayer.
Teach me to love what must
engage my mind for all eternity.'
Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
Painting: Laurits Andersen Ring, in US public domain due to age