Fortitude: Pentecost Octave

When difficulties and trials of life come upon us, we are tempted, sometimes to cowardice and discouragement, sometimes to an impetuosity, which arises either from our natural temperament or from pride. These are poor aids to the soul in her spiritual combat. The Holy Spirit, therefore, brings to the soul a new element of strength—it is supernatural Fortitude, which is so peculiarly His gift, that when our Savior instituted the seven Sacraments, He would have one of them be for the special object of giving us the Holy Spirit as a principle of energy. It is evident that having to fight during our whole lives against the devil, the world, and ourselves, we need some better power of resistance than either pusillanimity or daring. We need some gift which will control both our fear and the confidence we are at times inclined to have in ourselves. Thus gifted by the Holy Spirit, man is sure of victory; for grace will supply the deficiencies and correct the impetuosities of nature.

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in times of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s


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