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Prayer Pledge // Day 4

prayers to the holy spirit

Week One // Prayer to the Holy Spirit by St. Augustine

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.

Week One Intention

We pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit within our own souls.

Week One // Day Four

Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
To defend all that is holy.
prayer to the holy spirit by st augustine

Strengthen means to become stronger. By virtue of our Baptism, we are made strong by having received the Holy Spirit. This strength is nourished in the everyday by things like prayer, reading Scripture, and receiving the Eucharist. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, grace abounds and the movement of the Holy Spirit intensifies, thus calling us to action.

The Catechism reminds us that, “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (CCC 1285).

By this point, I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit has been strengthening you and strengthening me. We are breathing with Him, acting with Him, and being drawn by Him. Every moment that we call upon Him, He continues to increase in our life.

Yes, we are already strong, but we are also tasked with defending the Faith. This is why we must pray that He increases our love, so that we are sensitive enough to notice when it is time to defend what is holy, yet also have the courage to boldly act.

Take a few moments to reflect and ponder your last three days, on your journey with the Holy Spirit.

Before today, have you noticed Him strengthening you? How has this taken shape in your life? Have you noticed a growth in your ability to act virtuously? Has this growth in virtue put you in a position where you felt the need to defend the Faith?

Prayer + Discussion for Prayer Partners

Ask your prayer partner if they have experienced a time when they felt called to defend the Faith. Were they able to speak up? Why or why not? Together, try to think of at least one way you can practically live out the call to “defend all that is holy.”

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Susanna Parent is a regular contributor to the BIS blog. She serves as Evangelization Manager for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in the Office of Evangelization. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program with the School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas. When she’s not reading and writing you can find her enjoying life with her new husband, brewing French press coffee in her kitchen, reading wine labels with friends in an effort to discover the perfect Pinot Noir and blogging about her travel adventures. You can find out more about her here.

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    Paola @ Swallow the World
    January 4, 2019 at 2:05 am

    A grace also implies responsibility! I feel so disappointed at myself when I’m unable to defend the faith, why do I keep putting other worldly values above God?? I need to let the Holy Spirit lead.

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