“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”
When tragedy is all around us, when our hearts are full of pain, when someone is dying – when we do not have the words – how can we pray? What do we pray when we do not have the words, when our tears well up inside us or tears run down our faces in grief, in despair, or in our helplessness.
We can be comforted by this verse from Romans 8:26, that “the Holy Spirit will help us in our weakness.” Our tears alone are a cry to heaven because they express our deepest hurts, our pains, and our sorrows.
When we do not have the words and our hearts are full of sadness – let us cry out to the Holy Spirit.
Veni Sanctus Spiritus
Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
From Thy clear celestial height,
Thy pure beaming radiance give:
Come, Thou Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, Thou Light of all that live!
Thou, of all consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
Dost refreshing peace bestow;
Thou in toil art comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.
Light immortal! Light divine!
Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill;
Where Thou art not, man hath naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away;
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
Thou, on those who evermore
Thee confess and Thee adore,
In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend:
Give them comfort when they die,
Give them life with Thee on high,
Give them joys that never end.