Today I finished reading Owen Gingerich’s short book God’s Universe.  The book is laced with many wonderful historical anecdotes, one of which is this lovely prayer composed by Johannes Kepler as he ends his Harmonice mundi (The Harmony of the World) of 1619:

“If I have been enticed into brashness by the wonderful beauty of thy works, or if I have loved my own glory among men, while advancing in work destined for thy glory, gently and mercifully pardon me: and finally, deign graciously to cause that these demonstrations may lead to thy glory and to the salvation of souls, and nowhere be an obstacle to that.  Amen”

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