Breathe in Me O Holy Spirit…

Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/nl/deed.en)], via Wikimedia CommonsSometimes I get caught up in trying to find the “perfect” words when I pray, which consequently usually leads to me not praying.  At other times I find that memorized prayers feel dry, that they are not my own words.  But one prayer that has seemed to remain above the fray for me is St. Augustine’s prayer to the Holy Spirit.  May the Holy Spirit fill our hearts today and always!  Enjoy:

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy,

Act in me O Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy,

Draw my heart O Holy Spirit,
that I love but what is holy,

Strengthen me O Holy Spirit,
to defend all that is holy,

Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
that I always may be holy.

Amen.

—  St. Augustine

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