2012 Way of the Cross at the Colosseum

April 7, 2012

By now you probably know that this year’s prayerful meditations for the Good Friday Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome were written by a married couple.  You can find the text here or here.

The Zanzucchi's

I found the family-centeredness of the reflections to be very moving.  One of my personal favorites, which gave rise to an extended period of gratitude-filled reminiscing, was the concluding section of the Fifth Station:

The Cyrenean also brings to mind the faces of all those people who have been close to us at times when a heavy cross befell us or our family. He calls to mind the many volunteers throughout the world who generously devote themselves to comforting and assisting those suffering and in distress. He teaches us humbly to let ourselves be helped at times of need, and to be Cyreneans to others.

Pope Benedict XVI’s exhortation at the conclusion of the Via Crucis is also worthy of reflection, highlighting truths that we should never forget or take for granted.


The Mysteries of Abandonment

April 27, 2011

On Good Friday, Dr Mary Healy posted these beautiful, scriptural “Mysteries of Abandonment” for the rosary.  These would be great to use on any Friday when praying the rosary.


Litany of the Holy Spirit

January 26, 2011

Lord, have mercy on us.  Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us; Christ, hear us.  Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit of God, come into our open hearts.
Holy Spirit of the Sovereign Lord, anoint us with your love.
Holy Spirit, Power of the Most High, overshadow us.
Holy Spirit of the Father, inflame us.
Holy Spirit of Christ, enlighten us.
Holy Spirit of the Son, renew us.
Holy Spirit of Holiness, empower us.
Holy Spirit of Glory, favor us.
Holy Spirit of Adoption, endow us.
Holy Spirit of Sonship, enable us.
Holy Spirit of Life, lead us.
Holy Spirit of Truth, embolden us.
Holy Spirit of Fire, commission us.
Holy Spirit of Judgment, encourage us.
Holy Spirit of Prophecy, inspire us.
Holy Spirit, Counselor, teach us.
Holy Spirit of Willingness, hearten us.
Holy Spirit of Grace and Supplication, bless us.

Holy Spirit of Wisdom, bestow upon us this gift.
Holy Spirit of Understanding, bestow upon us this gift.
Holy Spirit of Knowledge, bestow upon us this gift.
Holy Spirit of Counsel, bestow upon us this gift.
Holy Spirit of Piety, bestow upon us this gift.
Holy Spirit of Fortitude, bestow upon us this gift.
Holy Spirit of Fear of the Lord, bestow upon us this gift.

Holy Spirit of Love, grace us with this fruit.
Holy Spirit of Joy, grace us with this fruit.
Holy Spirit of Peace, grace us with this fruit.
Holy Spirit of Patience, grace us with this fruit.
Holy Spirit of Kindness, grace us with this fruit.
Holy Spirit of Generosity, grace us with this fruit.
Holy Spirit of Faithfulness, grace us with this fruit.
Holy Spirit of Meekness, grace us with this fruit.
Holy Spirit of Self-control, grace us with this fruit.

Most loving Father, forgive us.
Divine Word, have mercy on us.
Holy and divine Spirit,
. remain with us until we attain the Beatific Vision.


Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Send us the divine Consoler.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Fill us with the gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Make the fruit of the Holy Spirit increase within us.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
And enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created,
And you will renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray:

God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit instructs the hearts of the faithful, grant us by the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ Our Lord,
Amen.