The Holy Spirit.

I never hear anyone praying for the Holy Spirit. People are always asking favors of God that merely suit there lives. Don’t you think that the Holy Spirit should be the first thing that we pray for? I imagine that most people think they already have it, being in a relationship with Christ. Rather, I think that a relationship with Christ is the first step in receiving the Holy Ghost.

If you had the Holy Spirit don’t you think that you can manage anything that God throws at you, like the death of a loved one?

We need to pray for the Holy Spirit, foremost. I think we need to continually pray for the Holy Spirit over anything else. This desire should be in everyone of our prayers. It is through the Holy Ghost that we overcome this world. We need to fervently pray for the Spirit of Truth to enter into us. This should be our enthusiasm as Catholics.

Can you think of one time that you actually prayed for the Holy Spirit? It may just be me but it is not apparent to me that in all the prayers I have heard people pray, is for the Holy Spirit. It is not even in the Church liturgy (in a way) that I can see in the Rites of the Church, praying for the Holy Spirit, first and foremost.

Do you know this prayer? Popular with Methodists and Baptists.

O God of burning cleansing flame
Send the fire
Your blood-bought gift today we claim
Send the fire today
Look down and see this waiting host
And send the promised Holy Ghost
We need another Pentecost
Send the fire today
Send the fire today

God of Elijah hear our cry
Send the fire
And make us fit to live or die
Send the fire today
To burn up every trace of sin
To bring the light and glory in
The revolution now begin
Send the fire today
Send the fire today

It’s fire we want for fire we plead
Send the fire
The fire will meet our every need
Send the fire today
For strength to always do what’s right
For grace to conquer in the fight
For power to walk the world in white
Send the fire today
Send the fire today

To make our weak hearts strong and brave
Send the fire
To live a dying world to save
Send the fire today
Oh see us on Your altar lay
We give our lives to You today
So crown the offering now we pray
Send the fire today
Send the fire today
Send the fire today

(by William Booth)

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe into me Holy Spirit, that all my thoughts may be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

Come, Holy Spirit

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Well, you are one of the few Catholics I know that would ask this question, because every Catholic I know prays to the Holy Spirit. One of the most common prayers is this:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. Oh God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by that same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolation. Amen.

And the doxology: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit…”

And have you forgotten that the most frequent things Catholic do is make the Sign of the Cross which says: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”?

There are many hymns to the Holy Spirit also-“Come Holy Ghost”. “Spirit of the Living God” are two of my favorites.

I personally pray to the Holy Spirit almost every day, and so do many, many other Catholics. I don’t know where you are getting this idea from.

The Taizé Community, which is made up of Catholic and Protestant brothers, has prayers to the Spirit, for instance Come Holy Spirit:


In the liturgy, we pray to the Holy Spirit, because we pray to the Trinitarian God: I think it’s to the father, through the son, in the Holy Spirit? (Though I could be wrong about the prepositions.) This is explicitly spoken somewhere in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, though I can’t pinpoint its exact position at the moment.

Personally, almost all of my praying is silent – the only time I speak prayer is when I’m in a group of people, such as participating in responses or the Lord’s Prayer during Mass. I wonder if the people you’re not-hearing pray for the Holy Spirit are simply like me.

I do pray for the Spirit, especially when I’m singing at church. For example, “Lord Jesus, please use me as your instrument; send the Holy Spirit to be my breath today, and fill this church with His presence and love.” By “fill this church” I mean quite literally “take over all the air in the room.” But you will never, never hear me say that out loud; it’s just not something I would do in public. And the implications of what I’m asking for won’t be apparent to most people, because most people don’t know how the human voice works, or how sound functions, or what the word “spirit” means.

God is One, in three Persons. To adore any of the Persons is to adore God. I’m a little fuzzier on the mechanics of prayer to a particular Person, but God cannot be inconsistent, so I suspect it’s a similar arrangement. If you have or can get a copy of Francis de Sales Treatise on the Love of God, there is a lovely chapter (Book III, Chapter XIII, “Of the Union of the Blessed with God in the Vision of the Production of the Holy Ghost”) that describes the relationship between the Persons. It’s dense, but quite short - only four paragraphs - and truly beautiful!

Good point, however, we NEED the Holy
Spirit to PRAY since He intercedes for us
WHENEVER we pray(Romans 8:26)!!
God is the giver of ALL Good gifts, and
the best gift of all is the Holy Spirit!!
James 1:17;Luke 11:13

We definitely all could benefit from a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit!

I pray “Come Holy Spirit” all the time. If you want to see Catholics focused on the Holy Spirit, look into the Catholic Charismatic movement.

I guess I’ve always looked at the Mass as the Son’s prayer to the Father (which is offered through the Holy Spirit). Many of the prayers are addressed to the Father, or else the Trinity, which includes the Spirit. The anamnesis of course is an important moment in the Liturgy of the Eucharist which calls down the Holy Spirit.

Are you forgetting that, if we are in a state of grace, the Holy Spirit already dwells in us?

I pray these prayers to the Holy Spirit daily.

Conversation with Motovilov

"However prayer, fasting, vigil and all the other Christian practices may be, they do not constitute the aim of our Christian life. Although it is true that they serve as the indispensable means of reaching this end, the true aim of our Christian life consists of the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God. As for fasts, and vigils, and prayer, and almsgiving, and every good deed done for Christ’s sake, are the only means of acquiring the Holy Spirit of God. Mark my words, only good deeds done for Christ’s sake brings us the fruits of the Holy Spirit. All that is not done for Christ’s sake, even though it be good, brings neither reward in the future life nor the grace of God in this life. That is why our Lord Jesus Christ said: He who does not gather with Me scatters (Luke 11:23). Not that a good deed can be called anything but gathering, even though a deed is not done for Christ’s sake, it is still considered good. The Scriptures say: In every nation he who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to Him (Acts 10:35).


In Heb. 13:21 we read:
“Now the God of peace equip
you in every good deed TO DO
There is definitely something
to do everything IN HIS NAME.
1 Cor. 13:1f says that Good
deeds done w/o Love profits

I went to a funeral recently. The deceased had made his own prayer to The Holy Spirit a long time ago, had the prayer written in Calligraphy, and put on his wall. At the funeral we said his prayer, and the prayer was printed in his funeral book.

Abandonment to Divine Providence
By Jean-Pierre De Caussade

How foolish to refuse to breathe the open air! to search for a spot on which to place the foot when there is the whole countryside before you; to be unable to find water when there is a whole deluge at your service, nor to possess and enjoy God, nor to recognize His action when it is present in all things. You search for hidden ways of belonging to God, good people, but the only way is that of making use of whatever He sends you. All leads to union, to perfection, except what is sinful or not a duty. All that is necessary is to accept everything, placing no obstacle in the way of its action but letting it accomplish its work. All things are intended to guide, raise, and support you, and are in the hand of God whose action is vaster and more present than the elements of earth, air, and water. Even by means of the senses God will enter, provided they are used only as He ordains, because everything contrary to His will must be resisted. There is not a single atom that goes to form part of your being, even to the marrow of the bones that is not formed by the divine power. From it all things proceed, by it all things are made. Your very life-blood flows through your veins by the movement this power imparts to it, and all the fluctuations that exist between strength and weakness, languor and liveliness, life and death, are divine instruments put in motion to effect your sanctification.
Under its influence all bodily states become operations of grace. From this invisible hand come all your opinions, all your ideas on whatever subject they may be formed. What this action will effect in you, you will learn by successive experiences, for there is no created heart or mind that can teach it to you. Your life flows on uninterruptedly in this unsounded abyss in which each present moment contains all that is best for you, and as such must be loved and esteemed. It is necessary to have a perfect confidence in this action which of itself can do nothing but what is good. Yes, divine Love! To what heights of supernatural, sublime, admirable and incomparable virtue would all souls arrive if they would but be satisfied with Your action! Yes, if they would leave the matter in this divine hand they would attain to an eminent degree of perfection! Everyone would arrive at it because it is offered to all.
No effort is required because the work accomplishes itself. Every soul possesses in You an infinitely perfect model, and by your action which works ceaselessly to this end, is rendered like this model. If all souls were faithful copies of this divine example they would all speak, act, and live divinely. They would not require to copy each other, but would be singled out by the divine influence, and each would be rendered unique by the most simple and ordinary things.
By what means, O my God, I can make your creatures appreciate what is offered to them? Must I who possess so great a treasure with which I could enrich the whole world, see souls perish in poverty? Must I behold them withering like plants in a desert when I can show them the source of living waters?
Come, foolish souls, you who have not an atom of sensible devotion, you too who possess no talent nor even the rudiments of education, you who cannot understand a single spiritual term, who stand astonished at the eloquence of the learned whom you admire; come, and I will teach you a secret which will place you far beyond these clever minds.
I will make perfection so easy to you that you will find it everywhere and in everything. I will unite you to God, and make you walk hand in hand with Him from the moment that you begin practicing what I will teach you. Come, not to study the map of the spiritual country, but to possess it, to walk in it at your ease without fear of losing your way.
Come, not to study the theory of divine grace, nor to find out what it has accomplished in the past and still continues to accomplish; but to become simply subject to its operations. It is not necessary that you should understand what it has said to others, nor to repeat the words intended only for them and which you have overheard, but you, yourself, will receive from it what is best for you. The divine action alone can sanctify us, for that alone can make us imitate the divine Example of our perfection.


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