Pastor’s Corner 7/19/2020

The Spirit

The second reading today from Paul’s letter to the Romans continues explaining the effects of living in the Spirit. Paul emphasizes the effect that the Spirit has on our human weakness. “The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groaning.” Often we pray to the Father (Our Father, who art in heaven, etc.) and we regularly pray to Jesus (Lord Jesus Christ you said to your apostles…), but how often do we turn to God the Holy Spirit in our prayer. St. Paul reminds us that the Spirit helps us, for often we do not know how to pray or what to pray.
 
St. Augustine wrote a beautiful prayer about the Holy Spirit. Perhaps this prayer can help you. “Breathe in me Holy Spirit, that all my thoughts may be holy. Act in me Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart Holy Spirit, that I love what is holy. Strengthen me Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me then, Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.” Peace and blessings to you all. 

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