Well, I'm still singing, bronchitis and all ... I finally went to the doctor and I have a small arsenal of medicines that are currently making my tummy go haywire, but taking care of my bronchi. La la la ...
I also had to renew my prescriptions for my migraine meds, and since this was my first visit to the doctor here, we went over some of the history. She was disappointed to know that I still suffer about 10 days per month and asked about whether I've tried any preventatives. Yup, been there, done that. Things would work for about a month, but then it was back to being ill. Until I received the Sacrament of Healing. Her eyebrows shot up in surprise. But the truth is, two years ago, I was sick most every day (20-25 days/mo). So I am curious. Why is it so hard to see the evidence of God in our lives? Why is a 50% reduction in headaches impossible without drugs? Now I do wonder why I did not receive complete healing, but that does not diminish God's power.
I also find it fascinating that only when I was ready to surrender to Him, did this miracle take place. And even if no outward miracle takes place, what happens in the heart is so much more important. He gives us the grace we need.
So, I am thankful -- for modern medicine, but above all, for the Divine Physician, who knows all. Some day I will come to appreciate all the black threads amongst the gold in the tapestry of my life. It's not easy to give thanks in all circumstances, but I try very, very hard.
I wanted to share the complete Litany of the Holy Ghost with you all because I love it so. Such a simple prayer, but packed with great Truths and Gifts. May all the gifts of the Holy Ghost rain down upon you and your families during this season of Pentecost.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Father all powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.
Holy Trinity, hear us.
Holy Ghost, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Holy Ghost, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.
Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us.
Author of all good, have mercy on us.
Source of heavenly water, have mercy on us.
Consuming fire, have mercy on us.
Ardent charity, have mercy on us.
Spiritual unction, have mercy on us.
Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us.
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us.
Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us.
Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us.
Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us.
Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us.
Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us.
Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us.
Holy Ghost, the Comforter, have mercy on us.
Holy Ghost, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us.
Holy Ghost, Who governest the Church, have mercy on us.
Gift of God, the Most High, have mercy on us.
Spirit Who fillest the universe, have mercy on us.
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, have mercy on us.
Holy Ghost, inspire us with horror of sin.
Holy Ghost, come and renew the face of the earth.
Holy Ghost, shed Thy light in our souls.
Holy Ghost, engrave Thy law in our hearts.
Holy Ghost, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.
Holy Ghost, open to us the treasures of Thy graces.
Holy Ghost, teach us to pray well.
Holy Ghost, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.
Holy Ghost, lead us in the way of salvation.
Holy Ghost, grant us the only necessary knowledge.
Holy Ghost, inspire in us the practice of good.
Holy Ghost, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Ghost, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Ghost, be Thou our everlasting reward.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Send us Thy Holy Ghost.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Ghost.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety.
Come, Holy Ghost! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful.
And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Let Us Pray:
Grant, 0 merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit may enlighten, inflame and purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.