Novena of the Holy Spirit: Pentecost in Our Time - Day Six
The following novena is based on traditional prayers, and is centered on the gifts associated with the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord). These form a supernatural framework through which the Holy Spirit moves us from within, by conforming us to the very mode of his own action. Also reflected in the novena are the so-called “fruits” or perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as a pledge of eternal glory. These are charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity. Both the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit are ordered to the mission we have as baptized Christians to live and proclaim our new life in Christ.
Sixth Day: The Gift of Counsel - Wednesday, May 7, 2008 (Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter)
Leader: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
Response: Enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Leader: Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
Response: And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Leader: The gift of Counsel applies the principles furnished by knowledge and understanding to the many concrete situations of everyday life. Counsel elevates the virtue of prudence, so that we will choose the wisest course of action in a given situation, especially when we are perplexed as to the right choice to be made. Counsel endows us with a desire to act always in a way that promotes our sanctification and salvation, in accordance with God’s holy will. We pray that the Holy Spirit will richly endow us with the ability to judge rightly the situations that challenge our faith, so that we may not waver along the path of holiness.
Leader: Let us pray.
All: Father, send the Spirit of Counsel upon us in the Diocese of Toledo, for the accomplishment of your holy will in the Church and in the world. Incline our hearts to your will, our minds to right judgment, and our actions to what is good, so that living by the Holy Spirit, we may truly be “the salt of the earth and the light of the world.” We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Leader: Mary, Mother of Good Counsel,
Response: Pray for us.
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