27 Jan

O Lord Jesus Christ, who before ascending into Heaven didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish thy work in the souls of thine Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of thy grace and thy love. Grant me the SPIRIT OF WISDOM, that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal; the SPIRIT OF UNDERSTANDING, to enlighten my mind with the light of thy divine truth; the SPIRIT OF COUNSEL, that I may ever chose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven; the SPIRIT OF FORTITUDE, that I may bear my cross with thee and that I may overcome with courage all obstacles that oppose my salvation; the SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE, that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints; the SPIRIT OF PIETY, that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable; the SPIRIT OF FEAR, that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples, and animate me in all things with thy Spirit.


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