Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
At the Masses for Ascension Thursday I ended my homily with a prayer to the Holy Spirit. A few people asked me for a copy so here it is.
Come, Holy Spirit, gift of Jesus and the Father. Come into my heart and give me peace. Please come and open the eyes of my heart. Give me more joy and more hope. Heal what needs to be healed. Warm what is cold in me. Set my heart free to forgive. Enkindle within me the fire of your own love. Let me heal and warm other hearts to know Jesus' healing love. Let me hear the cry of the poor. Let me join you in renewing the face of the earth!
With a renewed strength provided by the Spirit, may we, like the Apostles on the first Pentecost boldly proclaim the Good News, by our words and our lives.