Deus, qui beatum Thomam
sanctitatis zelo ac sacrae doctrinae studio
da nobis, quaesumus,
et quae docuit intellectu conspicere,
et quae gessit imitatione complere.
O God, who made blessed Thomas
outstanding in zeal for holiness and diligent in application to sacred doctrine,
grant to us, we beg You,
both to fix our eyes by our intellect carefully on the things which he taught,
and also to fulfill by our imitation the things which he accomplished in action.
The verb gero has in it the idea of activity or exertion, “to sustain the charge of any undertaking or business, to administer, manage, regulate, rule, govern, conduct, carry on, wage, transact, accomplish, perform (cf.: facio, ago). Think of res gesta, “a deed” and res gestae, the “events, occurrences, acts, exploits” of a person’s life, as in the case of the famous Res gestae divi Augusti.
As an aside, I mentioned divus, which is classical usage is “of or belonging to a deity, divine”. In later classicising Christian language, it can be used for sanctus, as the title of a saint. Very often you will find in Renaissance writings, when authors were particularly interesting in classical forms of Latin, St. Thomas refered to as “Divus, as in the Summa Theologica divi Thomae Aquinatis, etc.
When I was studying philosophy at the then “College” of St. Thomas in St. Paul, (MN, USA) – which I did concurrently with grad school at the University of Minnesota – don’t ask me how – at the beginning of all the classes, we would always recite a prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas:
Concede mihi, misÃƒÂ©ricors
Deus, quae tibi sunt plÃƒÂ¡cita,
et perfecte adimplÃƒÂ©re
ad laudem et gloriam Nominis tui. Amen.
Grant me, O merciful God,
to desire ardently,
to investigate prudently,
to acknowledge honestly,
and perfectly to fulfill
those things that are pleasing to Thee,
to the praise and glory of Thy Name. Amen.
The translation in English was different at the school, but… there it is. Here we have total submission of the higher faculties of man to God, who created them and gave them to us as gifts. That is to say, “have authority over me so that I can be more who I am supposed to be.”
In this time when Catholic Education is so very much of in need of care and correction in so vary many places, do not forget to ask St. Thomas for his intercession so that those who oversee these matters, will have the courage and knowledge of how to do those things which are pleasing to God, without the softening fear of human respect.