Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day 2
Dear Family of Mary!
This is Day 2 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 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit. We can all include our own petitions! Let’s expect great things on Pentecost!
Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day 2
September 25, 2015 “Dear children! Also today I am praying to the Holy Spirit to fill your hearts with a strong faith. Prayer and faith will fill your heart with love and joy and you will be a sign for those who are far from God. Little children, encourage each other to prayer with the heart, so that prayer may fulfill your life; and each day, you, little children, will be, above all, witnesses of serving God in adoration and of your neighbor in need. I am with you and intercede for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
The Gift and Virtue of Faith is really the foundation for all the other virtues. When we receive the Holy Spirit we begin to really believe in Jesus, and through Him discover the Father! Then the door opens to the real world, the world of life with God for eternity. Everything we have misunderstood in our lives becomes clear and comprehensible. We see that we are creatures of a loving God. We see that life makes sense in terms of the commandments. And we begin the journey towards love and joy!
In prayer, we must daily ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill us with His light, so that our faith will continue to grow and our understanding of the Truth and the Good will strengthen. Then we too can help our neighbors to believe!!
Thank you, dearest Mother for coming to help us receive the Holy Spirit and in Him, the gift of Faith!
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, charitas.”
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,
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 Ghost 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.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph
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