A Prayer by Saint Alphonsus Liguori on his Feast Day 

Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, 
with God the Father and God the Son. 
I adore You and unite myself to the adoration 
You receive from the angels and saints.

I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving 
for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me.

O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul 
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, 
I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love 
and to grant me the gift of holy fear, 
so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me 
from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon.

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 which 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 God eternally in the next.  Amen.
— St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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