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Learning Latin with Pope Francis - May 20, 2014


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 May 20, 2014



Literal translation of the Latin: Come, Holy Spirit, and destroy the desire of ourselves.

On a theological level, note how different these prayers are. In the English we ask God for help as we work to better ourselves. In the Latin, we ask God to be the primary agent and destroy our vice. 

Here's how the Latin works.

Latin
English
Parsing
Grammar Points
Veni
Come!
sing. imper.
venio, venire, veni, ventum
Sancte
Holy
voc. sing. adj.
sanctus, sancta, sanctum; modifies Spiritus
Spiritus
Spirit
voc. sing.
spiritus, spiritus
et
and
conj.

destrue
destroy
sing. imper.
destruo, destruere, destruxi, destructum
cupiditatem
desire, greed
acc. sing. noun
cupiditas, cupititatis; object of destrue
nostri
of us/ourselves
gen. sing. adj.
noster, nostra, nostrum; here, objective genitive

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