Spirit of God, with your holy breath
you cleanse the hearts and minds of your people;
you comfort them when they are in sorrow,
you lead them when they wander from the way,
you warm them when they are cold,
you knit them together when they are in conflict,
and you bless them with many and various gifts.
We pray that you would daily increase
the gifts that you have entrusted to us;
that with your light before us and within us
we may pass through this world
without stumbling or straying.
Desiderius Erasmus, 1467-1536, Dutch Renaissance humanist & Catholic priest
Seasons of Devotion slightly updated
What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.