Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created;
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. LET US PRAY.
O God, who didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful people by sending them the light of Thy Holy Spirit, grant us
by the same Spirit to have right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen
O Holy Spirit, sweet Guest of my soul, abide in me and grant that I may ever abide in Thee.
Some have observed that those who have a strong devotion to Mary still experience great suffering on earth. It has even been stated that those with a strong devotion seem to suffer more than those with a lesser devotion to the Mother of God. St. Louis de Montfort responded to this observation: “It is quite true that the most faithful servants of the Blessed Virgin, being also her greatest favorites, receive from her the greatest graces and favors of Heaven, which are crosses.” However, St. Louis de Montfort maintains that “it is also the servants of Mary who carry these crosses with more ease, more merit and more glory. That which would stay the progress of another a thousand times over, or perhaps would make him fall, does not once stop their steps, but rather enables them to advance.”9 Our Lady makes these crosses gladly acceptable and more sweet.
It is helpful to share an example from the garden. The pink gooseberry bush has small pink fruit that are delicious. However, no birds or other animals try to eat them because of sharp thorns that extend from the branches near the fruit. If a person were to pick the fruit, he or she would invariably prick their fingers. In the spiritual sense, when a soul Consecrates itself to Our Lady, this makes the harvesting of such fruit possible and even joyful. Our Lady helps one not to notice the prick of the fingers that comes from taking the fruit. Instead, the soul is so absorbed in the act of working in the vineyard of the Lord and harvesting that the pricks of the finger go almost unnoticed. Yes, there is pain, but the joy of gathering the harvest for Our Lord makes these efforts sweet. Indeed, those who may not have such a devotion to Our Lady may never be sent to harvest among thorns, but those who do have such a devotion and are able to do such work await great glory in Heaven for doing that which was, by earthly standards, more difficult.
Goal: Our Lady prepares the crosses of those devoted to her in such a way as to make them wholly acceptable and even sweet.
CREED. . .
OUR FATHER . . .
10 HAIL MARYS . . .
GLORY BE . . .