Gifts of the Holy Spirit

August 1, 2015 – Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori

On this Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori, I share a prayer for the gifts of the Holy Spirit that is attributed to him:

Holy Spirit,

Grant me the gift of piety, 
so that I may serve You for the future with increased 
fervor, follow with more promptness Your holy inspirations, 
and observe your divine precepts with greater fidelity. 

Grant me the gift of knowledge, 
so that I may know the things of God and, 
enlightened by Your holy teaching, may walk, 
without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation. 

Grant me the gift of fortitude, 
so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of 
the devil, and all the dangers of this world that threaten the 
salvation of my soul. 

Grant me the gift of counsel, 
so that I may choose what is more conducive to my 
spiritual advancement 
and may discover the wiles and snares of the tempter. 

Grant me the gift of understanding, 
so that I may apprehend the divine mysteries 
and by contemplation of heavenly things detach my thoughts 
and affections from the vain things of this miserable 
world. 

Grant me the gift of wisdom, 
so that I may rightly direct all my actions, 
referring them to God as my last end; 
so that, having loved Him and served Him in this life, 
I may have the happiness of possessing Him eternally in 
the next. 

Amen.

Source: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=773

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