Wednesday, May 28, 2014
10 Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit
A few years ago I discovered a "10-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit" in my favorite little prayer book. This devotion is a series of prayers starting on Friday after the feast of the Ascension (Friday, May 30th) and ending on Pentecost (Sunday, June 8th). I love that we can follow in the footsteps of the apostles, who were waiting in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. I tend to direct most of my prayers to Jesus, but I know it's also important to pray to the Holy Spirit.
Each day of the devotion starts with a opening prayer, includes a reflection, and ends with a closing prayer. I will be starting the devotion on May 29th and have included the prayers and reflection topics (from my little prayer book and also online at Catholic News Agency) below. I will be praying for our future adoption and for my readers. Please feel free to leave a comment or message me with specific intentions.
Come, O Holy Spirit! Enlighten my understanding in order that I may know your commands; strengthen my heart against the snares of the enemy; enkindle my will. I have heard your voice, and I do not want to harden my heart and resist, saying "Later... tomorrow." Nunc coepi! Right now! Lest there be no tomorrow for me!
O, Spirit of truth and wisdom, Spirit of understanding and counsel, Spirit of joy and peace! I want what you want, because you want it, as you want it, when you want it.
Day One - Pentecost: The day when the Holy Spirit came down upon the Lord's disciples.
Day Two - The Holy Spirit: Present in the Church for all time.
Day Three - The Church: The Body of Christ, enlivened by the Holy Spirit.
Day Four - Our faith in the Holy Spirit: Necessarily complete.
Day Five - The Holy Spirit: Present among us.
Day Six - The action of the Holy Spirit: Teaching how to correspond to it.
Day Seven - The gift of wisdom: Making us know God and rejoice in His presence.
Day Eight - The Holy Spirit: Living according to Him.
Day Nine - Docility, life of prayer, and union with the cross: Fundamental points.
Day Ten - Beginning: And beginning again.
Holy and Divine Spirit! Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Spouse, bring the fullness of Your gifts into our hearts. Comforted and strengthened by You, may we live according to Your Will and die praising Your infinite mercy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.