In this week after Pentecost, it is fitting we hear about the rewards of wisdom in the first reading from the Book of Sirach. Wisdom is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. From childhood we are taught to pray for the “Wisdom of the Holy Spirit.”

Two short prayers which for me capture the gift of the Holy Spirit are:

Holy Spirit, you are here with me today, at this very moment. Hold me, confirm me, comfort me and lead me in your ways. Allow me to see and to hear and to think with your wisdom. Allow me to speak and to act with your love. Help me to respond to the call of Jesus to complete his work in the world today.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. Enkindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and we shall be created, and you will renew the face of the earth.

—David McNulty, Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits