Thursday, June 9, 2011

Veni, Sancte Spiritus -- A Word in Season

My column, A Word in Season, over at Patheos reflects and prays over the words of the Veni, Sancte Spiritus, (Come, Holy Spirit), a prayer that we'll pray as the Sequence on Pentecost Sunday.

Here's a smattering...

There are days and then there are days. You know the kind I mean. There are the days when we need every ounce of grace just to get through. If one is a praying Christian, those days are saturated with inward groanings directed toward heaven. Why? Because, even under duress, a Christian is aware that something, er, Someone upholds them every day. It is the Lord: “In Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).”
In those challenging moments of my life, there is really only one prayer to pray. In fact, it is so simple that that maybe I should pray it every day, so I may be more mindful of the grace He supplies in a personal and direct response to my utterance: “Come, Holy Spirit!”
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.
You'll find the rest over at Patheos.

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