Novena of the Holy Spirit: Pentecost in Our Time - Day Seven
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.
Seventh Day: The Gift of Wisdom - Thursday, May 8, 2008 (Thursday 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 Wisdom is nothing less than loving, contemplative union with God which makes it possible for us to see all things from a divine perspective. When it is understood in its full breadth, Wisdom can rightly be called “communion,” since it is a share in divine life, a union made perfect in the truth of love. Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. It strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. May the Holy Spirit raise up our hearts and minds to rest in God alone, so that we, the people of the Diocese of Toledo, may be living signs of a new Pentecost in our time.
Leader: Let us pray.
All: Father, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we in the Diocese of Toledo may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations. May he permeate our thoughts, words and actions, so that we may bear witness to the gift of salvation, and lead all people to Christ the Way, the Truth and the Life.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Leader: Mary, Seat of Wisdom,
Response: Pray for us.
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