May 16, 2018|
Novena to the Holy Spirit Day Six
Dear Family of Mary!
Today we consider the Holy Spirit as our Comforter and Strengthener. Our Lady encourages us to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit so He can transform us. The Holy Spirit will help us to call God our Father and make us capable of love! St. Paul in The Letter to the Ephesians says the very same thing, that through the Holy Spirit we will be strengthen in the inner man and we will be grounded in love. We need very much the strengthening and comforting love of the Holy Spirit, for we are naturally weak and lack the power to love on our own. Oh Comforter to thee we cry!
Our Lady asked us to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit:
“Dear children, Today I call you to open your hearts to the Holy Spirit and permit Him to transform you. My children, God is the immeasurable good and therefore, as a mother, I implore you: Pray, pray, pray, fast and hope that it is possible to achieve good, because from that good love is born. The Holy Spirit will strengthen that love in you and you will be able to call God your Father. Through this exalted love, you will truly come to love all people and, through God, you will regard them as brothers and sisters. Thank you.” (November 2, 2007)
St. Paul prays that we might be strengthen by the Spirit in the inner man:
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 3: 14-20)
Let us pray through this wonderful hymn to the Holy Spirit:
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
And in our souls take up your rest;
Come with your grace and heavenly aid
To fill the hearts which you have made.
O Comforter, to you we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
And sweet anointing from above.
You in your sevenfold gifts are known;
You, finger of God’s hand we own;
You, promise of the Father, you
Who do the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our senses from above,
And make our hearts overflow with love;
With patience firm and virtue high
The weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
And grant us your peace instead;
So shall we not, with you for guide,
Turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may your grace on us bestow
The Father and the Son to know;
And you, through endless times confessed,
Of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
With you, O holy Comforter,
Henceforth by all in earth and heaven.
In Jesus Mary and Joseph!
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