turn me toward your goodness

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O God the Holy Spirit,
most loving Comforter of the fainthearted,
I pray that you will always turn what is evil in me into good
and what is good into what is better;
turn my mourning into joy,
       my wandering feet into the right path,
       my ignorance into knowledge of your truth,
       my lukewarmness into zeal,
       my fear into love,
   all my material good into a spiritual gift,
   all my earthly desire into heavenly desires,
   all that is transient into that which lasts for ever,
everything human into that which is divine,
everything created and finite into that which sovereign and immeasurably good
which you yourself are,
O my God and Savior.

Thomas a Kempis, 1379-1471, German born monk, author of
The Imitation of Christ freely modified


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So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him.

 

 

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