Paul VI's Prayer for a great heart

Come Holy Spirit

(En Espanol, click: Ven Espiritu Santo )


Divine Holy Spirit, give me a great heart!

Open to your silent and strong inspiring word;

Closed to all mean ambitions;

Indifferent to any human contemptible competition;

Filled with faithfulness to the holy Church.

Give me a great heart that desires to become like the Heart of Our Lord Jesus;

A great and strong heart to love everyone, serve everyone and suffer for everyone;

A great and strong heart to overcome all trials, tedium, weariness, every disillusion and offense.

Give me a great and strong heart, constant, to the point of sacrifice, when necessary.

A heart whose happiness consists in beating with the Heart of Christ,

And doing the Will of the Father humbly, steadfast and faithfully until the end.


This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair

Pope Paul VI's Letter to the Artists:

We now address you, artists, who are taken up with beauty and work for it: poets and literary men, painters, sculptors, architects, musicians, men devoted to the theater and the cinema. To all of you, the Church of the council declares to you through our voice: if you are friends of genuine art, you are our friends.

The Church has long since joined in alliance with you. You have built and adorned her temples, celebrated her dogmas, enriched her liturgy. You have aided her in translating her divine message in the language of forms and figures, making the invisible world palpable. Today, as yesterday, the Church needs you and turns to you. She tells you through our voice: Do not allow an alliance as fruitful as this to be broken. Do not refuse to put your talents at the service of divine truth. Do not close your mind to the breath of the Holy Spirit.

This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair. It is beauty, like truth, which brings joy to the heart of man and is that precious fruit which resists the wear and tear of time, which unites generations and makes them share things in admiration. And all of this is through your hands. May these hands be pure and disinterested. Remember that you are the guardians of beauty in the world. May that suffice to free you from tastes which are passing and have no genuine value, to free you from the search after strange or unbecoming expressions. Be always and everywhere worthy of your ideals and you will be worthy of the Church which, by our voice, addresses to you today her message of friendship, salvation, grace and benediction.

Pope [St.] Paul VI Foundation: 44th anniversary - "Quietus Ora, Adora et Labora, ad majorem Dei gloriam!"

"The 'ambition' to do Good and keep doing Good for others should have no limits!"

(In other words: do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.)