Prayer of St Bonaventure

by Christine Sine

Bonaventure by Francisco de Zurbarán, via Wikimedia Commons

There are many beautiful prayers that have been written over the centuries that can enrich and strengthen us and I thought that this was a good time to post some of these. This morning’s prayer is from Italian theologian and philosopher St Bonaventure 1221 – 1274

Lord Jesus, as God’s Spirit came down and rested upon you,
May the same Spirit rest on us,
Bestowing his sevenfold gifts.
First, grant us the gift of understanding,
By which your precepts may enlighten our minds.
Second, grant us counsel, by which we may follow
in your footsteps on the path of righteousness.
Third, grant us courage,
by which we may ward off the enemy’s attacks.
Fourth, grant us knowledge,
by which we can distinguish good from evil.
Fifth, grant us piety,
by which we may acquire compassionate hearts.
Sixth, grant us fear,
by which we may draw back from evil
and submit to what is good.
Seventh, grant us wisdom,
that we may taste fully the life-giving sweetness of your love.

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