Week 4, Day 5

Daily Prayer

Hail Holy Queen

Hail Holy Queen,
Mother of mercy,
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping
In this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
Thine eyes of mercy towards us.
And after this, our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement O loving O sweet Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us oh holy mother of God.
       (This line is read by one person when the Hail Holy Queen is being recited in a group setting.)
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
       (This line is the response given by the group.)

Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit

Scripture Reading from the Gospel of John 17:22-26 – Jesus gives to us everything that the Father has given to him.

How do we become one with our brothers and sisters in Christ? We love them as God loves all of us.  We wish the very best for them and desire perfect union with God for all of His children.

Docile to the Holy Spirit

What does docile mean? It means being ready to receive instruction, submitting to someone else’s control.

The Virgin Mary helps us be able to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us.  Once we can hear the Holy Spirit, then we need to become willing to allow the Holy Spirit to tell us how to act.  Mary is the spouse of the Holy Spirit and thus her will is perfectly in tune with the will of the Holy Spirit.  Mary is the model for becoming one heart with the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to instruct us on how to act. We are called to surrender our very lives to God and become His willing slave of love.

When we were baptized we received gifts from the Holy Spirit, and they are strengthened in us again at confirmation.  In Isaiah 11:2 we are told that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are as follows:

  1. Wisdom
  2. Understanding
  3. Counsel
  4. Fortitude
  5. Knowledge
  6. Piety
  7. Fear of the Lord

What is Fear of the Lord?This is our desire not to offend the Lord, but this desire originates from our Love of God, not just out of fear in the sense of being afraid that He will punish us.

These gifts of the Holy Spirit help us to be the best Christians (followers of Christ) that we can be.  The Holy Spirit freely gives us these seven gifts.  It is up to us to receive them and put these gifts to good use.

Daily Pious Practice Reminder

  • This week strive to let the Light of Christ shine in our world by evangelizing others.

Closing Prayer

Holy God, our Father, all our hope is in you. You give us your Holy Spirit so that we can be one with you. May the Virgin Mary prepare our hearts to receive this gift, and may she teach us to cooperate with him, and only act under the inspiration of his love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pentecost

Pentecost

Reflection based on Totus Tuus:  A Contemplative Approach to Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, edited by Fr. Nathan Cromly.

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