DAY 7: The Spirit At Work Within Us

pentecost8Antiphon: Lord, send us your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Act of Adoration
I believe, my God, that I am in your presence;
that you are looking at me and listening to my prayers.
You are so great and so holy: I adore you.
You have given me everything: I thank you.
I have been so ungrateful, I ask your pardon with all my heart. You are so merciful: I ask you all the graces which you know are beneficial to me.

Before reading the Scripture: Jesus Christ our Master, you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Pour out on us your Spirit, as you did on the Apostles, gathered together in prayer with Mary at Pentecost. Open our hearts to receive your Word with the humble docility of Mary and in the spirit of the apostle St Paul, so that it may bear abundant fruits of holiness and dedicated service also in our life.

Reading: For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:14-21).

Silent reflection: What does this passage from Ephesians say to me, to us, today?

R. Come, Holy Spirit, source of light! Come, Holy Spirit, source of strength and joy, of forgiveness and peace. Come! Fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
V. And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Hymn to the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Spirit of holiness, divine breath which moves the universe, awaken in all Christians a desire for full unity that they may be for the world an effective sign and instrument of intimate union with God and the unity of the whole human race.
Spirit of wisdom, inspiration of minds and hearts, direct science and technology to the service of life, justice and peace, render fruitful our dialogue with other religions, lead the different cultures to appreciate the values of the Gospel.
Spirit of life, by whose power the Word was made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, the woman of attentive silence; make us docile to the promptings of your love and ever ready to accept the signs of the times which you place along the path of history. Amen.

St John Paul II

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