Just a reminder that Pentecost is nine days away, so the "original" novena (nine days of prayer) starts today. I'm marking the day with a picture of these flaming-orange kaffir lilies which bloomed in the garden of writer Christy Scanell earlier this month. Thanks for sharing, Christy!
From a Novena to the Holy Ghost:
Oh, rend the heavens, and come down, consoling Spirit! that inspired and encouraged by Thee, I may faithfully comply with the duties of my state, carry my daily cross most patiently, and endeavor to accomplish the divine will with the utmost perfection. Spirit of love! Spirit of purity! Spirit of peace! Sanctify my soul more and more, and give me that heavenly peace which the world cannot give. Bless our Holy Father the Pope, bless the Church, bless our bishops, our priests, all Religious Orders, and all the faithful, that they may be filled with the spirit of Christ and labor earnestly for the spread of His kingdom.