The Secret of Sanctity and Happiness.

Every day, for five minutes, control your imagination and close your eyes to the things of sense and your ears to all the noises of the world, in order to enter into yourself. Then, in the sanctity of your baptized soul, which is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, speak to that Divine Spirit saying to him:

O, Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you.

Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me.

Tell me what I should do; give me your orders.

I promise to submit myself to all that you desire of me

and to accept all that you permit to happen to me.

Let me know your holy will. Amen.

Désiré-Félicien-François-Joseph Mercier (1851-1926), a Belgian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church taught this prayer as the secret to sanctity and happiness. “If you do this, your life will flow along happily, serenely and full of consolation, even in the midst of trials. Graces will be proportioned to the trials, giving you strength to carry them and you will arrive at the Gates of Paradise, laden with merit. This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of sanctity."

LORD, grant me the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the graces to do it.

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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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  1. dangerous prayer!

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