Hello everyone. Today I was privileged to witness to the Priestly Ordinations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. This afternoon, six young and holy men – Yamid Jose Blanco Ariza, Juan Manuel Camacho Porras, Brad Alan Krawczyk, Ryan Joseph Pruess, Jacob Alexander Strand and Carlos Alberto Zapata Munoz – were raised to the Order of Priesthood. It was such an honor to be there to witness this defining moment in their vocation and to pray for them as Christ, through the Apostolic Succession, laid hands on them and made them one with Him in His Person. They are now in Persona Christi; they are now in the Person of Christ. They are Priests. How extraordinary is that! Christ chooses weak and human men; He ordains them to Himself and vests them with the authority to forgive sins and call down His very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity to be made present in bread and wine on the Altar. How beautiful! Of course, today I also prayed that me and all of my discerning buddies, many of whom were also present in the “standing room only” crowd, may someday join the ranks of the men chosen by the Great High Priest for the Order of the Priesthood.
We are fast approaching the Solemnity of Pentecost. On that day, the Holy Spirit over-shadowed the Church and emboldened the Apostles. On that day, the Apostles received the grace to “go out to all the nations;” similarly, today the six new priests of our Archdiocese received the grace to go out and re-claim the world for her True Sovereign. So let’s pray for these six newly ordained Priests – Fr. Yamid Jose Blanco Ariza, Fr. Juan Manuel Camacho Porras, Fr. Brad Alan Krawczyk, Fr. Ryan Joseph Pruess, Fr. Jacob Alexander Strand and Fr. Carlos Alberto Zapata Munoz – and prepare for the great Solemnity of Pentecost by praying day 2 of the Novena to the Holy Spirit.
Novena to the Holy Spirit
The Gift of Fear
“The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by Sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of Hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our Heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. ‘They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls.’”
“Come, O Blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set You, my Lord and God, before my face forever: help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in Heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end.” Amen.
Our Father ~ Hail Mary ~ Glory Be to the Father (seven times) ~ Act of Consecration (see Novena to the Holy Spirit (Day 1))
Prayer for the Seven Gifts
“Almighty and Eternal God, Who has vouchsafed to regenerate us by the water and the Holy Spirit, and has given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from Heaven upon us Your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear.” Amen.
– Novena taken from Novena and Prayers to the Holy Spirit, Original Text by Daniel A. Lord, S.J., P. 2 & 4
Veni Creator Spiritus.