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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Novena To The Holy Spirit, Day Three

In our house we’re off and running on this novena to the Holy Spirit. Dad had a great discussion with the kids the 1st day, asking WHY a Novena to the Holy Spirit before Lent if Jesus is the Person we are trying to imitate. Very interesting to hear the difference between the kids who have been CONFIRMED already (and Therese, who is in Confirmation classes) and the littler kids. God’s the Father, Jesus is our adopted brother…but the Holy Spirit is the gift given to us by both! Let’s not forget Him! So: here’s everything for Day Three of our novena to the Holy Spirit! It’s OK if you missed the first and/or the second day. You can catch up on the prayers for DAY ONE HERE and on the prayers for DAY TWO HERE. If you are late but want to start it now over nine

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Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day Two

Join us in this novena to the Holy Spirit asking to be humbly led into the desert of Lent this year…where the Holy Spirit wants to lead us…how the Holy Spirit wants to lead us…giving up our will and desires for the penances and sacrifices we would choose for ourselves, and instead to recognize and accept those chosen especially for us by the same Spirit Who led Jesus into the desert for His “40 days”. These prayers below are for WEDNESDAY, the 2nd day in the novena. It’s OK if you missed Day One. You can find it HERE. If you want to read our post on WHY we are praying this Novena, you can read it HERE . If you subscribe to our blog by entering your email address below, you will receive reminder emails with links to the daily prayers. (Isn’t that the

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