Our spirituality leads us into the guidance of the Holy Spirit and shows the way to experience the divine in every moment of life and in all the ordinariness of life. Libermann's direction is just as vital and attractive for lay people as it is for Spiritans.
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Common Prayers for Spiritans
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence and Wonder-Awe.
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost:
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who before ascending into heaven, promised to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me:
the Spirit of Wisdom, that I may despise the perishable things of this world, and aspire only after the things that are eternal;
the Spirit of Understanding, to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth;
the Spirit of Counsel, that I may ever choose the surest ways of pleasing God and gaining heaven;
the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You, and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation;
the Spirit of Knowledge, that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints;
the Spirit of Piety, that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable; and
the Spirit of Fear, that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him.
Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your spirit. Amen
The spirituality of our cofounder is vital for our time. Growing up as a Jew, Francis Mary Paul Libermann came to know the living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob -- the mysterious God ever faithful to his promises. That experience gave him a tremendous sense of the presence of God in his life. After his conversion to Christianity, he was disowned by his father and suffered terrible sickness that delayed his ordination. Nonetheless, his Jewish conviction of the fidelity of God the Father allowed him to perceive the negative as well as the positive events in his life as gifts of God.
Our spiritual heritage bridges spirituality, East and West. Libermann's spirituality resonates with many themes of Asian cultures. Like the masters of the East, he had a deep sense of the mystery of life. His systemless spirituality is the foundation for his understanding of practical union with God.
Libermann saw that to dance with the Divine, we must let go of our own selves, egos, and desires and trust in the divine mystery always present to us. We must become as light as a feather and be radically flexible to the direction of the Holy Spirit. He writes, "O divine Spirit, I want to be before you like a light feather, so that your breath may carry me where it will and that I may not offer the least resistance to it."
On his deathbed, Libermann encouraged his followers: "Be fervent, fervent, always fervent, and, above all, charity, charity, charity above all. Charity in Jesus Christ, charity through Jesus Christ, charity in the name of Jesus Christ."
We are not monks, but our lives are dedicated to the apostolic life which is rooted in Christ's mission. "The apostolic life is that life of love and of holiness lived on earth by the Son of God in order to save and sanctify people. By it He continually sacrificed Himself, thereby glorifying the Father and saving the world" (Spiritan Rule of Life, no. 3).