Monday will be Day 7 of our Novena to the Holy Spirit. We are praying this novena to help us prepare for Lent by asking the Holy Spirit to lead us “into the into the desert” of Lenten penances, just as the Spirit led Jesus into the desert in the Gospels.

If you are reading this and you have missed some or all of the previous days– that is OK! A little prayer is better than no prayer at all!

Remember the old saying: “Do not let the BEST be the enemy of the GOOD.”  In other words: It’s best if you can make it through the entire novena without missing a day. It is still good to pray what you can, even if the novena or prayer is incomplete.

So, regardless of your participation the past six days, read on pray on and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into the desert. To read the reflection of how this all got started you can click HERE. Scroll to the bottom of the post if you want to read the previous 6 days of the novena.

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SEVENTH DAY

Heal our wounds–our strength renew; On our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away.

The Gift of Counsel

The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth.”

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long.

Pray: “Our Father” and “Hail, Mary” ONCE. “Glory be” SEVEN TIMES. 

And these final two prayers:

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me 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 Your 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 You  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, and 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 Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

 Then, take a few moments of silence, to prepare yourself to listen today to the counsel of the Spirit as Lent approaches.  What acts of self-renunciation does the Spirit give you to deepen your love in your state in life?  What small acts will love make great?

Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six

Don’t forget — Here are some Lenten Resources for your family:

Lenten Road to Easter, Family 5 Pack
This CD is beautifully led by children and has very specific and beautiful resolutions at the end of each station:

Sign up for Lenten Adventure (free) and let the Adventure Guides help your family have the best Lent ever!

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Lenten Activity Book #1

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