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Ascension Thursday is 40 days after Easter.

As we know, Easter is when Jesus rose from the dead. He stayed with his disciples for 40 days, 40 always being a number to pay attention to. The Jews wandered in the desert with Moses for 40 years. Jesus went into the desert, prior to being crucified, for 40 days. Now another 40 days has passed and Jesus must go to the Father. 40 days always reminds us to remember who we are and where we came from, 40 days means to go forward in confidence, that no matter what, God is always with us – as Jesus has promised before He ascended.

He promises to always be with us, butwhat exactly does that mean?

Jesus promises to send us His Spirit – the Spirit will be with us and that will be made manifest at Pentecost. And it is these days between Ascension and Pentecost that we will pray through together as we await the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Many people, myself included, make a novena for these nine powerful days, as we await the Holy Spirit.

What do we pray for at this time?

I pray for hope, I pray for faith. I pray to be free from fear and worry. Some people think that evil is found in some abject kind of sin such as sex, or something like that. There is some truth to this, sin persists in many places. Yet I worry that it is too simple, as well as a bit detached, to consider. Me – I think evil is found in fear, which blocks me from the moment, which blocks me from you, which blocks me from God. For me, fear is a terrible evil and one I struggle with. This makes me think of Brother Mickey McGrath‘s image along with a quote from St. Francis de Sales saying, “All through love and nothing through fear.”Also, I pray for those who need prayers, which is basically means all of us. I pray for the sick, the sorrowful and the suffering, the lonely, the isolated, the angry, the brokenhearted. I pray for those who have no one to pray for them.

I pray always in gratitude and in joyful hope… Well, at least that is what I try to do.

Let us pray. Gracious God, send us your Spirit – the Spirit bearing wisdom, peace, consolation and hope. The Spirit that reconciles us and that unites us in You. We ask this through you,Christ our Lord, Amen.

Veni Sanctus Spiritus! Come Holy Spirit!

Here are the words to the Golden Sequence.

Come, Holy Spirit,
send forth the heavenly
radiance of your light.
Come, father of the poor,
come giver of gifts,
come, light of the heart.
Greatest comforter,
sweet guest of the soul,
sweet consolation.
In labor, rest,
in heat, temperance,
in tears, solace.
O most blessed light,
fill the inmost heart
of your faithful.
Without your divine will,
there is nothing in man,
nothing is harmless.
Wash that which is unclean,
water that which is dry,
heal that which is wounded.
Bend that which is inflexible,
warm that which is chilled,
make right that which is wrong.
Give to your faithful,
who rely on you,
the sevenfold gifts.
Give reward to virtue,
give salvation at our passing on,
give eternal joy.
Amen. Alleluia.


One Response

  1. Fran, I did not know the Golden Sequence! What a treat!
    As for sin, Ignatius wrote a friend that ‘ingratitude is likely the cause and source of all evil and sin’…

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