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Novena to the Holy Spirit… Day 6…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 31, 2017

Receive the Gift of Understanding…

I’m adding something a little extra to this post… I LOVE that it is with the Gift of Understanding!  I follow another blogger quite faithfully, and he and I often reflect each other’s postings.  Today, this applies DIRECTLY to what the reader – YOU – are reading… and are DOING… PREPARING YOUR HEART for what lies directly ahead...

As I said in the very FIRST POST of this novena:

This Novena is not to be taken lightly!  Your heart MUST be SINCERE in your DESIRE to RECEIVE the gifts that the Father so generously wishes to bestow on YOU.  For the Son of God even tells us about the Father’s generosity…

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened… If you …who are evil, know how to give good gifts… how much MORE will your Father who is in heaven give GOOD THINGS to those who ask Him!” ~Mt 7: 7-8, 11 

Therefore YOU MUST prepare YOUR HEART to receive the gifts God wishes to bestow on you during these next nine (9) days.  And I might add, with all that is upon us, to have the Holy Spirit as YOUR GUIDE and COUNSELOR will be beyond any blessing imagined.  The suffering all will endure in the days to come will seem but a moment and GREAT JOY will possess the soul who possesses God’s Gifts!

Go here to read Mark’s message…

PREPARATORY PRAYER:

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul. I adore You, enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do. Give me Your orders.  I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me, and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.  Let me only know Your Will.

A moment of silent prayer…

DAY 6

The Gift of Understanding

Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion BY faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them.

It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life.

Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to “be filled with the knowledge of His Will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God.” (Col 1: 9b-10)

PRAYER:

Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

HONOR TO THE HOLY TRINITY:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the LORD is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.  Now and at the hour of our death. Amen! (3x)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen!

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Novena to the Holy Spirit… Day 5…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 30, 2017

Receive the Gift of Knowledge…

PREPARATORY PRAYER:

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul. I adore You, enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do. Give me Your orders.  I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me, and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.  Let me only know Your Will.

A moment of silent prayer…

DAY 5

The Gift of Knowledge

The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth–in their relation to God.

Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God.

It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life.

Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. “For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money; and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.” (Eccles7:12) 

“He who possesses God lacks nothing.” ~St Teresa of Avila

PRAYER:

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

HONOR TO THE HOLY TRINITY:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the LORD is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.  Now and at the hour of our death. Amen! (3x)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen!

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