The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all I told you.

I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord; he will guide you to all truth.

One of the most widely used hymns in the Church, Veni, Creator Spiritus, is attributed to Rabanus Maurus (776-856). It is used at Vespers, Pentecost, Dedication of a Church, Confirmation, and Holy Orders and whenever the Holy Spirit is solemnly invoked. A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who recite it. A plenary indulgence is granted if it is recited on January 1st or on the feast of Pentecost.
VENI, Creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.
COME, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
Qui diceris Paraclitus,
altissimi donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
Tu, septiformis munere,
digitus paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Accende lumen sensibus:
infunde amorem cordibus:
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.
Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
Hostem repellas longius,
pacemque dones protinus:
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
Per te sciamus da Patrem,
noscamus atque Filium;
Teque utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Deo Patri sit gloria,
et Filio, qui a mortuis
surrexit, ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula.
Amen.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.
Amen.

We celebrate one of the greatest gifts the our Father bestowed on us…His gift of the Holy Spirit.  We celebrate Pentecost this weekend.  I would not be the man of God that I am today without the Holy Spirit as my guide in all that I do.  Not a day goes by that I don’t pray for the wisdom, guidance and strength in every decision, every act that I make.  The children I’ve raised, the songs I’ve written, the posts made for this blog, the work I now do for Bell Electrical, all are done in the name of God through the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

COME, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in my soul take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill this heart which Thou hast made.

I will also celebrate another of God’s greatest gifts in my life today.  Today my wife and I celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary.  I have many fond memories of that Saturday.  The day started out raining, but that didn’t stop my wedding party from playing 18 holes of golf.  The weather cleared for the wedding Mass and so we gathered and celebrated with friends and family.  And today my wife and will celebrate our anniversary the same way we have every year since then.  We will put on our Sunday best and head to Mass at 8 AM to give thanks to God.  It was God who joined us together; it has been God who has kept us together, growing in love with each other each and every day.  After Mass, we will do the music for a young couple’s wedding; I find that rather appropriate today.

I look forward to celebrating today these two great gifts given to me by God.  My two best friends in all of the world – The Holy Spirit and my beautiful wife Sarah.  It is through these two that I see the great works of God in my everyday life and it is through the guidance of these two that I’m able to stay on the path to the ultimate gift – the gift of eternal praise of God in heaven.

Do something great for our Lord today – renew your relationship with the Holy Spirit; renew your relationship with your spouse.  Let them enkindle in you the fire of your love for God.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

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