To Avoid Grieving The Spirit

May [the] Counselor – the "Spirit of truth"   – be with us through His holy gifts! May there be with us wisdom and understanding, knowledge and counsel, fortitude, piety, and the holy fear of God, so that we may always know how to discern what comes from You and to distinguish what comes from the "spirit of the world," or even from the "ruler of this world."


Save us from "grieving Your Spirit":
--by our lack of faith and lack of readiness to witness to Your  Gospel "in deed and in truth", --by secularism and by wishing at all costs to conform to the mentality  of this world; --by a lack of that love which is "patient and kind," which "is not  boastful" and which "does not insist on its own way," which "bears all  things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" – that  love which "rejoices in the right" and only in the right. Save us from grieving Your Spirit: --by everything that brings inward sadness and is an obstacle for the  soul; --by whatever causes…divisions; --by whatever makes us a fertile soil for all temptations.

[L’Osservatore Romano, 4-5,12-82,3]

 

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