Month: December 2019

Sweet Guest of My Soul

I found this exquisite little prayer in a book called the Raccolta from 1866. Raccolta, which means “collection” in Italian, is a book of prayers sanctioned by the Catholic Church back in 1807. Abbreviated from “Collection of Prayers and good works for which the Supreme Pontiffs have granted Holy indulgences.”  I would like to thank […]

Seven Prayers of the Holy Spirit

In Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae (written 1265–1274) he wrote the standard of interpretation of the Holy Spirit. He  called them “the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.”  My interpretation of the Seven Gifts are as follows: Wisdom:  The gift that allows you to understand things from God’s point of view. Understanding: The gift that allows […]

Light of Every Human Heart

The hymn Veni Sancte Spiritus sometimes called the “Golden Sequence,” is sung mostly at Pentecost.  It is a wonderful tribute to the Holy Spirit and is believed to have been written by the archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton, sometime in the 13th century. Light of Every Human Heart Come, O Holy Spirit, come!  From your bright […]

Chaplet of Saint Peregrin

St. Peregrine, the patron saint for persons suffering from cancer, AIDS, or other illnesses. St. Peregrine was born in Forlì, Italy and was ordained a priest and established a Servite community (Friar Order Servants of Mary). There he was widely known for his preaching, penances, and counsel in the confessional. He was cured of cancer after he received […]

Light immortal, Light divine

Another lovely hymn/poem by an unknown but obviously talented author. What I love is how clear the view of how the Holy Spirit is there for the asking, “Guide the steps that go astray.”   From Catholic Hymns by Henry Formby, 1853 now public domain Light immortal, Light divine Holy Spirit, Lord of light, From Thy […]

Come Holy Spirit Prayer

I searched the Catechism of the Catholic Church for references to the Holy Spirit. In section 2670-2672, it mentions this prayer which is formed from a combination of The Roman Missal, Pentecost Sequence, and Byzantine Liturgy, Pentecost Vespers, Troparion. Come Holy Spirit, renew within me the grace of my Baptism and lead me each and […]

St Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

I first heard this prayer as I sat in a classroom in Drimnagh Castle Catholic School on the outskirts of Dublin Ireland. The Christian brother who recited the prayer went on to inform us, in no uncertain terms,  “that we should NOT ask God for things because God already knows what we need.”   Recently, […]

4 of 5 Prayers to the Holy Spirit

-author unknown These older prayers are quaint in their use of language while empowering the laity to find God in ways usually reserved for his apostles, popes, priests, sisters, and brothers.  So the first time I read this prayer of glory, I physically shuck with the power of the Holy Spirit.   I realized instantly […]

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