Saint Mariam Baouardy (1846-1878), in religion Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified, also known as “the Little Arab“, was canonized by Pope Francis on May 17, 2015. An article on her extraordinary life was published in our Oct./Nov./Dec. 2014 issue. She was known for her great devotion to the Holy Spirit. Here are some of her sayings, beginning with her famous little prayer to the Holy Spirit:
Holy Spirit, inspire me.
Love of God, consume me.
Along the true road, lead me.
Mary my Mother, look upon me.
With Jesus, bless me.
From all evil, from all illusion,
from all danger, preserve me.
Again, to the Holy Spirit:
Source of peace, Light,
come and enlighten me.
I am hungry, come and nourish me.
I am thirsty, come and quench my thirst.
I am blind, come and give me light.
I am poor, come and enrich me.
The world and religious communities are seeking novelties in devotions, and they are neglecting true devotion to the Paraclete. That is why there is error and disunion, and why there is no peace nor light. They do not invoke light as it should be invoked, and it is this light that gives knowledge of truth. It is neglected even in seminaries.... Every person in the world that will invoke the Holy Spirit, and have devotion to Him will not die in error.
Every priest that preaches this devotion will receive light while he is speaking of it to others. I was told that each priest in the world should be required to say one Mass of the Holy Spirit each month, and all who assist at it will receive very special grace and light.