Adveniat nobis, quaesumus, Domine,
virtus Spiritus Sancti,
qua voluntatem tuam fideli mente retinere,
et pie conversatione depromere valeamus.
The first part of this is based on a phrase in a prayer during the Octave of Pentecost in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary and another prayer in the Veronese Sacramentary in the month of July: Omnipotens sempiterne deus da nobis uoluntatem tuam et fideli mente retinere. et pia conuersatione depromere. ut aecclesia [sic] tua a profanis uanitatibus expiata. non aliud profiteatur uerbis, aliud exerceat actione. Notice that what we have going on here is underscoring of the contrast between mere words or actions and interior disposition.
If you are working these prayers out yourself, and don’t happen to have at hand (quod Deus avertat!) a copy of the excellent Lewis & Short Dictionary you may want to know that depromo means in the first place "to draw out, draw forth; to bring, to fetch from anywhere, esp. out of any place". The dictionary and commentary by Blaise/Dumas (in French) says that depromo is “formuler (voeux, priers)”. Okay… not too easy to work with this, right? Let’s look at Blaise/Chirat for some extra help: “mettre au jour, communiquer, publier, render public”. That’s more like it! Pius is a complicated adjective. Valeo means in a simple way, “be able” but it means that because it fundamentally has to do with strength and power. We are able to do things because we are strong enough to do them. It has to do with being “dutiful”, as when pius Aeneas carried his old father upon his back from out the ruin of burning Troy. It also has to do with being holy and devout and, in especially in reference God, merciful. I think today I will simply dump these concepts into your skulls and say “pious” in our WDTPRS …
Let the might of the Holy Ghost
come to us, we beseech You, O Lord,
by which with faithful mind we may be strong to maintain Your will
and demonstrate it outwardly by a pious manner of life.
Life is filled with labors and cares and burdens to bear. We have heavy loads to carry. Even if our lives are relatively care free, the weight of years press Brother Ass down and become over time harder and harder. The Holy Spirit charges us. It “charges” us with interior power and it charges is in the sense of duty and responsibility. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we are made strong to bear anything. When the Holy Spirit comes with the Father and the Son to make us Their living temples and fill us with the seven Gifts and the twelve Fruits, we outwardly manifest their presence. Manifestation of the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit are a sign that a person is in the state of grace, and habitually so.
What you do outwardly can have an enormous impact on the faith of others. You can jump start a dormant faith life, strengthen another, or perhaps spark someone else into seeking answers to the questions they have. On the other hand, you can damage people too.
Today’s prayer aims at putting ourselves interiorly and exteriorly in harmony with the will of God in our lives.