Welcome to St. Isidore the Farmer in Springville
May is the month of the Rosary! As a reminder we will say the Rosary before Saturday night Mass at 5:30 p.m. beginning May 1st. We will also say the Rosary before daily Mass at 7:40 a.m. for the month of May!
Liturgical Ministry notes from Father Andrew
Spirit & Life Meditations
Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter
May 10, 2021
Holy Spirit, sweet Guest of the soul
Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. (Jn 15:26)
God is good, all the time!
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples on the day of Pentecost fulfilled the promise Jesus made to the apostles that he would ask the father to send another gift of his love to them and became the start of a new way God would unite himself with the souls of believers— God has made the Holy Spirit the sweet guest of our souls.
When Jesus said to the disciples, “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify because you have been with me from the beginning,” he wanted them to prepare and welcome him as the guest of their souls.
God continuously pours out the Holy Spirit abundantly into our hearts to infuse it with our souls. As David acknowledged: “When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.” The Holy Spirit is, indeed, a sweet guest of our souls and light for our steps. He enlightens our hearts and fills us with wisdom, intelligence, courage, strength, and help for all manner of Christian actions.
To paraphrase the words of Pope Francis about the word of God, I will say that the Holy Spirit is not given to us as a kind of mirror in which we see the reflection of our miseries and inconsistencies. This holy gift is given to transform, renew, and not to judge and condemn, but to offer us healing and forgiveness. Anticipate the fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit again this Pentecost and pray for it. Come, Holy Spirit, sweet guest of my soul!
The Novena to the Holy Spirit starts on May14, 2021. We shall use the prayer format on the next page at morning Masses in our sister parishes of St. John and St. Isidore during the nine days. I urge all parishioners to follow this format each day to do their private novena at their convenience if they cannot get to Mass; it will produce incredible miracles in our personal, family, work, financial, and faith life. While the format of the prayers will remain the same, each day’s prayer will have some variations in the content. Therefore, I will send you the prayers for each day. JUST LOOK FORWARD TO IT. As Jesus said: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So, it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” You have no idea what God is planning for you!
Prayer ~ Blessing: Come Holy Spirit, restore your energizing presence in our lives, and in your Church. Amen.
Daily Novena Prayer Format
Daily Prayer Focus/Intentions + personal ones:
Day 1: Our Personal Need for the Holy Spirit
Day 2: The Holy Spirit & the Church
Day 3: Restoration of Christian life in Civil & Domestic Society
Day 4: Restoration of the Beauty of Marriage and Family Life
Day 5: Restoration of Evangelistic and Missionary Discipleship
Day 6: Our Need for Sharing and Balancing Financial and Business Life
Day 7: Healing and Restoration of the Sick
Day 8: On Devotion to the Holy Spirit
Day 9: Surrender to the Holy Spirit
Opening Prayer …
LORD Jesus, you inspired John the Baptist to proclaim that he was unworthy to remove your sandals but that when you came, you would baptize us in Your Holy Spirit. After your Resurrection, you commanded your disciples to remain in Jerusalem until they received power from on high. LORD, we need your power from on high. We need your Holy Spirit to be fully active in our lives. Send us your Spirit again and fill us with your strength so we can be Your presence in the world.
Recitation of the Apostles Creed: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary …
Pray for the unity of the Church: LORD Jesus, your final prayer to the Father just before you died was that your Church would be one as You and the Father are one. Heal our divisions by changing our hearts. Help us recognize our unity in You, and with each other.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father who art in heaven …
Pray for holiness among all followers of Jesus: LORD, you inspired Peter to remind us to be holy, for you are righteous! (1 Peter 1:16) We need your grace to become the religious people you desire us to be. Fill us with your glory and accomplish in us the holiness you want for us.
Pray the Glory Be: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
Pray for a universal acceptance of the Truth of the Gospel: LORD, you desire everyone to be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth. Lead us to all Truth and help us to repent and believe in the Gospel. (Spontaneous or another form of prayer …)
Pray for an evangelistic Spirit to the poor in body and Spirit: LORD, you commanded us to go to the ends of the world and preach your Gospel saying, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Make zeal for evangelization spring up in us. Make us zealous for your temple, the Body of Christ.
Surrender prayer: Heavenly Father, you inspired your Son, Jesus, our Lord, to teach us that if we ask for your Holy Spirit, then you will surely give Him to us. Father, I invite you to immerse me in the life of your Holy Spirit. I surrender my life and my will over to you and ask you to flood me with the love you share with your Son: Baptize me in your Holy Spirit. Father, renew in me the anointing you bestowed upon me at my baptism when you anointed me with Jesus’ anointing of priest, prophet, and king. Help me to live faithfully to the priestly life, leading others to worship of you. Help me to be a modern prophet by bringing your word into every situation. Help me live out Jesus’ kingship to renew the culture through Your holy will. I ask this through Jesus, my Lord. Amen.
God bless you and your families.
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