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Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit and You

Week of May 10, 2018
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Dear Friends,

Monica was always big on pointing out that God is with each of us, right here, right now. The upcoming feast of Pentecost on May 20 is a good day to realize -- or be reminded -- that means the Holy Spirit is always with you.

Right here, right now, through every single challenge of being a caregiver. Through every minute of each day, and all night.

Fifteen years ago -- fifteen! -- I wrote a book about the Holy Spirit and concluded it with this prayer.

Come Today, Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, today help me pause. Help me consider. Help me ask for, seek out, and recognize wisdom. As you will, help me be your instrument of wisdom for others who are searching, for others who are hurting.

Come, Holy Spirit, today allow me to understand more. I want to see as you see, not just others but myself. You live and move and work in each of us. Help me see you.

Come, Holy Spirit, today lead me to those with wisdom and understanding. Let me be your voice, your touch, your kindness, your blessing to those who seek your counsel. Prepare me to do your will.

Come, Holy Spirit, today guide me in the way of knowledge. Help me learn what I am to learn, help me teach what I am to teach. Always help me come to better know and teach Christ.

Come, Holy Spirit, today give me the courage to make it through my day. Bless me with fortitude to face the hardest challenges of my life. Help me keep my eyes on Easter.

Come, Holy Spirit, today through your gift of piety, let my action be my thanks. Let my life be my adoration of the One who gives me all.

Come, Holy Spirit, today help me accept the gift of the fear of the Lord, the offer to love you more deeply, more fully, more selflessly. You who are the love of God, you deserve my all.

Come today, Holy Spirit, come today. Amen.

You and your loved ones remain in my prayers.



This week we're so pleased to welcome Cathy H. of Illinois,
Deacon Richard P. of Minnesota, Kevin B. of Colorado, Melissa F. of Ohio, Richard S. of Florida, and Vicki G. and Jasper R. of Louisiana as the newest members of the Friends of St. John the Caregiver. Please keep them and their intentions in your prayers. They have promised to pray for you and yours.

And again this week we cordially invite you to join the Friends of St. John the Caregiver! (FSJC's programs include and You can find out more about becoming a member here.

No meetings, no dues. All we ask is that you pray for caregivers and those receiving care. Our members include caregivers, care-receivers, and those who support both (including quite a few former caregivers).

You can:

sign up on-line here

or call us toll-free at 1-800-392-JOHN (5646)

or print and mail an application form.

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