Wow, another week has flown by. It has been truly historic – especially in respect to the events of Rome. For the first time in nearly 6 centuries the Chair of Peter is vacant not because the Papa has died but because he has voluntarily stepped down from the Petrine Office. I must admit that, as I look around and see all the enemies of God converging to assail His Holy Church, I can’t help but feel a “slight” tang of apprehension knowing that we have no acting Sovereign Pontiff and Supreme Shepherd. Watching the Holy Father’s helicopter take off from St. Peter’s for Castel Gandolfo and then later watching His Holiness sink back into the Apostolic Palace after giving his last public appearance really drove this feeling home.
I was going to continue upon what a wrote last week, reflecting upon our Sorrowful Mother Mary as we journey through Lent. However, as I look back on the events of the last week and attempt to read “the Signs of the Times,” I believe this post should address a more pressing need. As the Cardinal Fathers prepare to enter the Conclave we need to pray. We must pray very hard for the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment and wisdom to be poured out upon and accepted by the Cardinals.
Christ has promised to be with, protect, guide and send the Holy Spirit upon His Holy Church. We know that “the Gates of Hell will not prevail against us (Mt 16:18).” With the Paraclete’s wisdom, we will continue to remain firm on our Apostolic Foundations. Yet, He respects our free will and will not force Himself upon us. If we do not seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit as we enter this unique and challenging period of time; if we attempt to “do it all by ourselves,” He will allow us to follow our own designs. We will sooner or later return to Him humbled and shame-faced.
Let’s avoid a mess in the first place. Let’s get on our knees and start the prayers rolling. We, the laity have a sacred duty to pray for our Church. This “praying business” isn’t just for priests and religious – it is our honor as well. So, as the Cardinal Fathers prepare to enter the Conclave, let us pray to the Holy Spirit for an outpouring of grace and wisdom. Let us beseech the Paraclete for guidance in the Conclave. Have you ever wanted to be part of a worldwide movement? Well, here’s your chance! Join over 1,000,000,000 Catholics in prayer, sacrifice and fast as we await a new Papa, a new Supreme Shepherd to lead us through this world and it’s ravenous wolves to the Beatific Vision in Heaven.
Come, Holy Spirit (Veni, Creator)
“Come, Holy Spirit, Creator, come from Thy bright and heavenly throne! Come, take possession of our souls, and make them all thy own!
Thou who are called the Paraclete, best gift of God above, the living spring, the living fire, sweet unction, and true love!
Thou who are sevenfold in Thy grace, finger of God’s right hand, His promise, teaching little ones to speak and understand!
O guide our minds with Thy blest light, with love our hearts inflame, and with Thy strength which ne’er decays confirm our mortal frame.
Far from us drive our hellish foe, true peace unto us bring, and through all perils guide us safe beneath Thy sacred wing.
Through Thee may we the Father know, through Thee, the Eternal Son, and Thee, the Spirit of them both, Thrice-blessed Three in One.
All glory to the Father be, and to the risen Son; the same to Thee, O Paraclete, while endless ages run. Amen.
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 hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
(- Taken from the Daily Roman Missal, Rev. James Socias, P. 2407 & 2408)
Prayer to Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit
“O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, come to the aid of your Son’s Immaculate Bride – The Holy Catholic Church. As the Cardinal Fathers convene in the conclave, with your maternal charity inspire them to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and heed His wisdom. As we await a new Papa, pray with us and enfold us in your motherly embrace. Amen.”
God Bless Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI!