Bl. John XXIII: Pastor of Reform and Renewal
Blessed John XXIII signs the bull calling Vatican II
January 25, 1959 (Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul)
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
renew your wonders in our time, as though for a new Pentecost,
and grant that the Holy Church,
preserving unanimous and continuous prayer,
together with Mary the Mother of Jesus,
and also under the guidance of St. Peter,
may increase the reign of the Divine Savior,
the reign of truth and justice,
the reign of love and peace.
Pope John XXIII concluded his Christmas Day 1961 Apostolic Exhortation Humanae Salutoris with this beautiful prayer. Humanae Salutoris officially convoked the Second Vatican Council. Enjoy it as we move closer to our celebration of the birth of Jesus.