Beloved of my soul

Cardinal Mercier’s Prayer To The Holy Spirit

Désiré-Félicien-François-Joseph Mercier (1851-1926) was a cardinal, a Thomist scholar (of Thomas Aquinas) and the Archbishop of Mechelen in Brussels. He staunchly resisted the German occupation during world war 1. Bringing food to the starving masses.

He recommended that we should “quiet our imagination, close our eyes to everything visible and our ears to external sound and withdraw into the sanctuary of our baptized soul which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.” Once there, we should “Speak to the Holy Spirit and Say:”

Excerpt from the Audio Book “Prayers to the Holy Spirit”

O Holy Spirit Beloved of my soul I adore you.

Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, and console me.

Tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it.

I promise to submit to everything that you ask of me and to accept all that you allow to happen to me.

Just show me what is your will.


Beloved of my soul

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