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How to Invite the Holy Spirit Into Your Life

“Although we have all heard of the Holy Spirit, He can sometimes be the most difficult of the three Persons of the Trinity to understand. Jesus Himself compares the Holy Spirit to the wind: we cannot see the wind, which is invisible, but we recognise it because we can feel it blowing on our skin, and we can see its effects on the objects around us.

In the same way, although the Spirit Himself is invisible, and often works in hidden ways, we can recognise his presence in the works that he accomplishes in those who believe. St Paul calls these works – “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” – the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).”

(Novena to the Holy Spirit)

Inviting the Holy Spirit into your life is an important step on the way to holiness. In the books and blogs we’ve compiled below, you’ll find prayers to the Holy Spirit, opportunities to learn more about Him, and examples from the lives of the saints for embracing the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit

7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit Fr Richard Conrad, OP

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Novena to the Holy Spirit Fr Philip G Bochanski, CO

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Fruits of the Spirit

Fruits of the Spirit Stratford Caldecott

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Living the Fruits of the Spirit

Living Fruitfully: Self-Control

Living Fruitfully: Self-Control Fr John S. Hogan

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Living Fruitfully: Joy

Living Fruitfully: Joy Mgr Paul Grogan

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Living Fruitfully: Generosity

Living Fruitfully: Generosity Fr John S. Hogan

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Living Fruitfully: Chastity

Living Fruitfully: Chastity Fr John McKeever

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Living Fruitfully: Patience

Living Fruitfully: Patience Christopher Mc Camley

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Prayers to the Holy Spirit

Veni Creator Spiritus

Veni Creator Spiritus

Sing or pray with this beautiful hymn to the Holy Spirit, which is thought to date back to a 9th-century monk called Rabanus Maurus. In English and Latin.

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Understanding the Holy Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit? Answers for Children

Who is the Holy Spirit? Answers for Children

It can be challenging to explain to children the significance of the Holy Spirit and His role in their lives. Written in a child-friendly way, this blog will help guide conversations with your children by answering key questions about the Holy Spirit.

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Questions & Answers About the Holy Spirit

Questions & Answers About the Holy Spirit

Perhaps the least understood member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit plays an essential role not only in our lives, but in the life of Jesus and in the life of the Church. Learn more about the Holy Spirit in this blog.

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Living the Fruits of the Spirit

St Augustine’s Battle With Chastity

St Augustine’s Battle With Chastity

St Augustine's battle with chastity is as inspirational as it is well-known. For many years he struggled to change his life, while at the same time being so completely chained to his sin that he was unable to make the changes necessary. Discover his story in this blog, and learn how to overcome the persistent sins in your own life by following his example.

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St John of the Cross’ Patience in Captivity

St John of the Cross’ Patience in Captivity

It’s one of the paradoxes of Christianity that we find life in death, freedom in captivity, patience in action. For St John of the Cross, his time in captivity was a period of intense growth. John didn’t just endure and suffer but spent his time meditating on the things of Heaven. His life and action serve as a guide for us.

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Léonie Martin’s Patient Search for Her Vocation

Léonie Martin’s Patient Search for Her Vocation

While everyone is familiar with St Thérèse of Lisieux, her sister Léonie is less well known. In comparison with her sisters, Léonie led a more challenging life. She suffered illness from childhood, was somewhat isolated within her family, had been expelled by her school and been abused by a maidservant. Three times she tried religious life before she finally succeeded aged thirty-five.

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