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Need for Heavenly Refreshment

[O God,] my heart is a vain heart, a vagabond and instable heart; while
it is led by its own judgment, and wanting divine counsel, cannot
subsist in itself; and whilst it divers ways seekest not, findeth none,
but remaineth miserable through labor, and void of peace: it agreeth not
with itself, it dissenteth from itself, it altereth resolutions,
changeth the judgment, frameth new thoughts, pulleth down the old, and
buildeth them up again: it willeth and willeth not; and never remaineth
in the same state.

Come, Holy Spirit, and bring from heaven a ray of Thy light! Come, Thou
father of the poor, Thou giver of gifts, Thou light of the world, the
blessed Comforter, the dear guest of the soul, and its sweetest
refreshment; Thou, our repose in labor, our coolness in heat, our
comfort in affliction! O, most blessed Spirit, fill full the hearts of
Thy faithful people! Without Thy influence there is nothing in man which
is not weakness and guilt. O, cleanse that which is sordid; bedew that
which is dried up; heal that which is wounded; bend that which is
stubborn, cherish in Thy bosom that which is cold; guide that which is
wandering; and grant unto Thy servants, putting their trust in Thee, the
merit of Thy righteousness; grant them final salvation; grant them
everlasting joy! O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cry come unto
Thee. Amen.

“Bernard of Clairvaux

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