Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day Eight

Here are the prayers for the 8th day of our novena to the Holy Spirit. Jump right in and let the Spirit get you ready for Lent! After the prayers: Listen in silence, then reflect throughout the day: what trials and opportunities come your way that the Spirit in wisdom reveals to be “your cross” that you must pick up to follow Christ daily into the desert of Lent? Ask the Spirit to send the wisdom to recognize them! EIGHTH DAY Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen, warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray! The Gift of Wisdom Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the

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Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day Seven

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.

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Novena To The Holy Spirit, Day Six

If you are just joining us in this novena to the Holy Spirit, asking for enlightened penances for a fruitful Lent, then jump right in! You can start with today’s prayers, or you can catch up on the previous prayers. (Intro, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5) If you subscribe to our blog by entering your email address below, you will receive reminder emails with links to the daily prayers. After you pray, take a few moments of silence, to listen in your heart to what the Spirit is asking of you this Lent, what comforts and pleasures are making dull your understanding of and joy in the truths of our Faith. SIXTH DAY If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, all his good is turn’d to ill. The Gift of Understanding Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps

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Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day Five

If you are just joining us in this novena to the Holy Spirit, then jump right in! You can start with today’s prayers or you can catch up on the previous prayers. (Intro, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4) God gave the first penances for sin to Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:16-19). (Note: you very likely will hear the words at the end of verse 19 on Ash Wednesday!) As you pray for the Gift of Knowledge from the Holy Spirit, meditate upon those first penances, seeing that those penances that were selected for Adam and Eve specifically recognized the relationship between them that God had also given to them as a gift. The penances the Holy Spirit will inspire in you for this Lent will also recognize those God-given relationships which you considered on Day 3: you are not called to a penance that ignores

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Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day Four

“Lenten practices of giving up pleasures are good reminders that the purpose of life is not pleasure. The purpose of life is to attain to perfect life, all truth and undying ecstatic love – which is the definition of God. In pursuing that goal we find happiness. Pleasure is not the purpose of anything; pleasure is a by-product resulting from doing something that is good. One of the best ways to get happiness and pleasure out of life is to ask ourselves, “How can I please God?” and, “Why am I not better?” It is the pleasure-seeker who is bored, for all pleasures diminish with repetition.” ~Venerable Fulton J. Sheen Join us in this Novena to the Holy Spirit to ask Him, “How can I please God?” Or, to put it another way, the question to ask Him for Lent is, “What

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