Sometimes 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.
— St. Augustine
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation–the day that Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb. We of course celebrate His birth 9 months later at Christmas, but we often forget the incredible importance of Mary’s “yes” to God that took place at the Annunciation.
“Mary’s human cooperation led to our divine salvation and the opening of the gates of heaven.” –Homesteaddad.com
I found this short article that made me take a moment and think a little more deeply about her “yes” and the many opportunities I have to say yes to God throughout my days. Check it out at homesteaddad.com.
Thought this was a great photo as well–quite moving!
Pope Francis today reminded us that we need to be discerning about what passes in our own hearts. As reported by Vatican Radio, the Pope said in his homily:
“Do not to trust every spirit, but test the spirits.” It is necessary, the Pope said, to know “the discernment of spirits,” to discern whether something helps us “remain in the Lord or takes us away from Him.” “Our heart,” he added, “always has desires, has cravings, has thoughts.” But “are these from the Lord or do some of these things take us away from the Lord?”
This is very much the idea behind Ignatius’ rules of discernment. A great read on how to go about discerning what is going on in our hearts is Discernment of Spirits by Timothy Gallagher which I wrote briefly about on my Good Books page.
Was looking for other good blogs to follow and I stumbled upon One man’s journey with Jesus. He had a great quote from St. Isidore of Seville: “Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.”
Check out the full post here at Confession heals.