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PRAYERS  TO  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT



                  The Secret of Sanctity

                     I am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctity and happiness. Every day
                   for five minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to the things of
                   sense and your ears to all the noises of the world in order to enter into yourself.
                   Then, in the sanctuary of your baptized soul (which is the temple of the Holy
                   Spirit) speak to that Divine Spirit, saying to him:
                     Oh, Holy Spirit, soul of my soul.  I adore Thee.  Enlighten, guide, strengthen
                   and console me.  Tell me what I must do and help me to do it.  I promise to
                   submit myself to all that You ask of me and to accept all that You permit
                   to happen to me.  Let me only know Your will.
                     If you do this, your whole life will flow along happily, serenely and full of
                   consolation, even in the midst of trials.  Grace will be proportioned to the trial,
                   giving you the strength to bear it and you will arrive at the gate of Paradise,
                   laden with merit. This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of sanctity.
                                        —CARDINAL MERCIER

                    Holy Spirit you who solve all problems, who light all roads so that I can attain
                       my goal, you who give me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against
                       me and who in all instances of my life are with me, I want in this short prayer
                       to thank you for all things and to confirm once again that I never want to be
                       separated from you and even in spite of all material illusions, I wish to be with
                       you in eternal glory.  Thank you for your mercy toward me and mine.


Breathe in me O Holy Spirit
That my thoughts may all be holy;
Act in me O Holy Spirit
That my work, too, may be holy;
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit
That I love but what is holy;
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit
To defend all that is holy;
Guard me then O Holy Spirit
That I always may be holy.
St. Augustine

                   COME, HOLY SPIRIT
                       Replace the tension within us with a holy relaxation.
                       Replace the turbulence within us with a sacred calm.
                       Replace the anxiety within us with a quiet confidence.
                       Replace the fear within us with a strong faith.
                       Replace the bitterness within us with the sweetness of grace.
                       Replace the darkness within us with a gentle light.
                       Replace the coldness within us with a loving warmth.
                       Replace the night within us with Thy day.
                       Replace the winter within us with Thy spring.
                       Straighten our crookedness,
                       Fill our emptiness,
                       Dull the edge of our pride,
                       Sharpen the edge of our humility,
                       Light the fires of our love,
                       Quench the flames of our lust.
                       Let us see ourselves as Thou seest us,
                       That we may see Thee as Thou hast promised,
                       And be blessed according to Thy word:
                       Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill my heart with your holy gifts.
Let my weakness be penetrated with your strength this very day that I may fulfill the duties of my state in life conscientiously, that I may do what is right and just.
Let my charity be such as to offend no one and hurt no one's feelings; so generous as to pardon sincerely any
wrong done to me.
Assist me in all the trials of life, enlighten me in my ignorance, advise me in my doubts, strengthen my weakness,
help me in all needs and embarrassment, protect me in temptations and console me in all afflictions.
Graciously hear me, O Holy Spirit, and pour your light into my heart, my soul and my mind.
Assist me to live a holy life and to grow in goodness and grace. --AMEN

Apostles of the Holy Spirit, 2709 Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45206-1724

Pentecost
Father of light, from Whom every good gift comes, send Your Spirit into our lives with the power of a mighty wind, and by the flame of Your Wisdom open the horizons of our minds.  Loosen our tongues
to sing Your praise in words beyond the power of speech, for without Your Spirit man could never raise his voice in words of peace or announce the truth that Jesus is Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.  Amen.

Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210


Prayer For Unity
One only Holy Spirit of Father and Son
in whom all are baptized.
one Giver of many gifts,
one Tree of many fruits,
one Speaker of every tongue,
renew in our day the wonders of Pentecost.
Grant that people of every race and nation
may understand one another,
and as one, proclaim the praises of God.
Grant that all may be one
as you, Spirit, with the Father and the Son
are one God, one Lord.
Grant unity to the Body of Christ;
grant unity to the human family.
Sole breath of every living thing,
may all be one who, in you,
live and move and have their being.
Apostles of the Holy Spirit, 2709 Woodburn Ave. Cin, OH 45206