9th March

The liturgical prayers of the Church teach us in a condensed manner the fundamental truths of our Faith. Consider carefully today’s Concluding Prayer from the Divine Office which is also a close version of the Opening Prayer at Mass:

In your bounty, Lord,holyspirit power
  give us the Spirit
  who alone can teach us to think and do what is right,
so that we, who without you cannot exist,
  may live in loving obedience to your will.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.


The Holy Spirit is thus necessary if we are to know and do God’s will! Could anything else be more important than this?

If you are not already saying a daily prayer to the Holy Spirit, you might consider this prayer from the Holy Spirit Novena.

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.