• Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 1

    9 days ago - By Happy Catholic

    Oldest of all novenas, this is still the only one officially prescribed by the Church.
    Anthony van Dyck. The Descent of the Holy Spirit. c. 1618-20.
    THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
    The gift of understanding shows us the riches of the Faith with greater clarity. The gift of knowledge enables us to judge created things in an upright manner, and to keep our heart fixed on God, and on things insofar as they lead us to him The gift of wisdom enables us to comprehend the unfathomable wonder of God, and it urges us to seek him in preference to all other things, amid our ordinary work and...
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  • Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 2

    Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 2

    9 days ago - By Happy Catholic

    Oldest of all novenas, this is still the only one officially prescribed by the Church.
    Giotto, Pentecost, c. 1305, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua
    THE GIFT OF FEAR
    Love and fear. These must be the accompaniments of our way. When love banishes fear, fear itself is changed into love. It is the fear of a child who loves his Father without reserve, and who will allow nothing in the world to distance him from that Father. Then the soul understands better the infinity which separates it from God and at the same time its condition as a child of God. Never until now has it trusted more in God; never...
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  • Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 3

    Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 3

    9 days ago - By Happy Catholic

    Oldest of all novenas, this is still the only one officially prescribed by the Church.
    El Greco. Pentecost. c.1600. Oil on canvas.
    Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. THE GIFT OF PIETY
    Piety enables us to appreciate our divine filiation, giving our relationship with God the tenderness and affection of a son for his father.
    Divine filiation is an effect of the gift of piety that causes us to relate to God with the tenderness and affection of a good son towards his father, and to relate to the rest of mankind as brothers of the same family.
    In the Old Testament this gift is seen in many ways...
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  • Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 4

    Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 4

    9 days ago - By Happy Catholic

    Oldest of all novenas, this is still the only one officially prescribed by the Church.
    Descent of the Holy Ghost , Durer
    THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE
    The virtue of fortitude, perfected by the gift of the Holy Spirit, enables us to overcome the obstacles that in one way or another we encounter along the path of holiness, but it doesn't remove the weakness of human nature, the fear of danger, pain or weariness. A person who is strong can still experience fear, but can overcome it thanks to love. Precisely because of love, a Christian is able to face greater risks, even though one may feel...
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  • Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 5

    Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 5

    9 days ago - By Happy Catholic

    Oldest of all novenas, this is still the only one officially prescribed by the Church.
    Descent of the Holy Spirit, Dore
    THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE
    The gift of knowledge enables man to understand created things as signs which led to God, and the meaning of their elevation to the supernatural order. Through the world of nature and grace the Holy Spirit enables us to perceive and contemplate the infinite wisdom, power and goodness of God. God's nature is reflected in created things. Like the gifts of understanding and of wisdom, the gift of knowledge is a contemplative gift enabling us to see...
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  • Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 6

    Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 6

    9 days ago - By Happy Catholic

    Oldest of all novenas, this is still the only one officially prescribed by the Church.
    Sacramentaire Pentecote, Illustration de la Bible de Jérusalem
    THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING
    The gift of understanding enables us to grasp the deeper meaning of the Scriptures, the life of grace, the presence of Christ in each sacrament, and in a real substantial way in the Blessed Eucharist. It gives us, as it were, an instinct for what is supernatural in the world. For the eyes of one of Christ's faithful, illumined by the Holy Spirit, there is a whole new universe to be discovered. The mysteries of the...
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  • Oops! We join the Novena to the Holy Spirit in progress

    Oops! We join the Novena to the Holy Spirit in progress

    9 days ago - By Happy Catholic

    I completely forgot that I should have begun the Novena to the Holy Spirit the day after the Ascension. Nine days between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost is perfect for a novena, which is where the word comes from - nine. The apostles obediently prayed with Mary in the Upper Room during that time, not knowing what they were praying for... but receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
    It is these gifts for which we pray during this novena. My apologies as we join the novena halfway through. I've posted all the prayers on the proper days so you can catch up. This link has them all in order...
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