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On July 16, 2003, the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Sr. Clare Crockett received the habit of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother and commenced her novitiate. She began this new formation period with great generosity, eager to give the Lord her all. Each morning, Sr. Clare prayed for an hour before the Blessed Sacrament.

A week after entering the novitiate, she made a note in her prayer journal about her struggles against distractions during this time of silence with the Lord:

"After one hour of adoration yesterday, I spoke to the Lord about the distractions during prayer and He said to me, “Write a prayer to the Holy Spirit and every time you say it, say it with all your heart.”

Come Holy Spirit

Jesus Christ in the Eucharist guided her toward the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity to help her make the most of her prayer time with Him. Sr. Clare felt that this invocation to the Holy Spirit would help her a great deal. She proceeded to write this simple prayer, which expresses her desire for union with the Lord and her awareness of her own inability to bring it about:

Come, Holy Spirit. Help me in this time of prayer that I have with my Lord. Help me to talk with Him openly, help me to meditate, help me to fight against distractions, help me to make silence interiorly so that I may listen to Him. Help me, Holy Spirit, because without Your guidance I can do nothing. Thank You. I love You.

We will see how the Holy Spirit answered her daily prayer and guided her on the path of identification with Jesus Christ. He transformed her heart progressively, helping her establish interior silence and a constant presence of the Trinity in her soul.

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