FFJ SEQUENCE – Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
                Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
                Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
                Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
                Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
                And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
                Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
                Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
                Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
                In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
                Give them joys that never end. Amen.
                Alleluia.

Sister Ann Shields

Sr. Ann Shields, SGL, is part of Renewal Ministries’ leadership team and a member of The Servants of God’s Love. She is an internationally noted speaker, the author of numerous books on Catholic spirituality, and the host of the popular daily radio program Food for the Journey. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI awarded Sr. Ann the Benemerenti Medal for service to the Church. The Catholic Library Association also awarded Sr. Ann the Aggiornamento Award, for her outstanding contribution to the renewal of parish and community life.