Avoid Grieving The Spirit
May [the] Counselor the "Spirit of truth"
be with us through His holy gifts! May there be with us wisdom and
understanding, knowledge and counsel, fortitude, piety, and the holy fear of God, so that
we may always know how to discern what comes from You and to distinguish what comes from
the "spirit of the world," or even from the "ruler of this world."
Save us from "grieving
--by our lack of faith and lack of readiness to witness to Your Gospel "in deed
and in truth", --by secularism and by wishing at all costs to conform to
the mentality of this world; --by a lack of that love which is "patient and
kind," which "is not boastful" and which "does not insist on its
own way," which "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things" that love which "rejoices in the right"
and only in the right. Save us from grieving Your Spirit: --by everything that
brings inward sadness and is an obstacle for the soul; --by whatever
divisions; --by whatever makes us a fertile soil for all temptations.
[LOsservatore Romano, 4-5,12-82,3]