Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day 1
May 19, 2023
Dear Family of Mary!
Today we begin the Novena to the Holy Spirit. It will consist of a message from Our Lady of Medjugorje, a prayer written by St. John Henry Newman, and The Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit! We can all include our own petitions as well!
Let’s expect great things on Pentecost!
Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day 1
May 25, 1993
″Dear children! Today I invite you to open yourselves to God by means of prayer so the Holy Spirit may begin to work miracles in you and through you. I am with you and I intercede before God for each one of you because, dear children, each one of you is important in my plan of salvation. I invite you to be carriers of good and peace. God can give you peace only if you convert and pray. Therefore, my dear little children, pray, pray, pray and do that which the Holy Spirit inspires you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
We see in this message that Our Lady has from the early days desired that we open our hearts to the Holy Spirit, and live in constant communication with Him. She tells us that she expects us to receive the Holy Spirit and then allow Him to work miracles through us! Isn’t this exactly what the Apostles and Disciples of Jesus did, after the Ascension? They received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and immediately went out and preached the Good News while performing miracles. They were carriers of good and peace, and conversions abounded.
May we learn to pray, pray, pray and do that which the Holy Spirit inspires us to do!
The Paraclete, the Fount of Love
(A prayer by St. John Henry Newman)
My God, I adore You, as the Third Person of the Ever-Blessed Trinity, under the name and designation of Love. You are that Living Love, wherewith the Father and the Son love each other. And You are the Author of supernatural love in our hearts.
“Fons vivus, ignis, caritas.” (Living spring, fire, charity)
As a fire You came down from heaven on the day of Pentecost; and as a fire You burn away the dross of sin and vanity in the heart and light up the pure flame of devotion and affection.
It is You who unite heaven and earth by showing to us the glory and beauty of the Divine Nature, and making us love what is in Itself so winning and transporting.
I adore You, O uncreated and everlasting Fire, by which our souls live, by which alone they are made fit for heaven. Amen
The Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love.
the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal,
the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth,
the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven,
the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee, and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation,
the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints,
the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable,
the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, and may dread in any way to displease Him.
Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Mary TV 2023