Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Novena to Holy Spirit: Day 6

We remember the large posters that the confirmation young people made to support a reflection on the sorrowful mysteries that they led during the reconciliation service. 
Just adding the finishing touches
Human Weakness And Sinfulness
If Thou take Thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay,
All his good is turn'd to ill.
Come, 0 Blessed Spirit of Understanding, enlighten our minds that we may appreciate and see more fully what we know by faith.
Come to us in our weakness and give voice to our petitions, for "the prayers that the Spirit makes for God's holy people are always in accordance with the mind of God."
Living flame of Love
Image of dove - Holy Spirit
Today's video click here 
It offers a more personal reflection asking us what help we are seeking from the Holy Spirit to break those obstacles that are between us and God and the community. 
The words are adapted from a poem written by St. John of the Cross, in the 1500s. The song was written and sung by John Boucher, Princeton, NJ.

The Holy Spirit and the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) 
1449 The formula of absolution used in the Latin Church expresses the essential elements of this sacrament: the Father of mercies is the source of all forgiveness. He effects the reconciliation of sinners through the Passover of his Son and the gift of his Spirit, through the prayer and ministry of the Church:
God, the Father of mercies,
through the death and the resurrection of his Son
has reconciled the world to himself
and sent the Holy Spirit among us
for the forgiveness of sins
through the ministry of the Church
may God give you pardon and peace,
and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.