Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As I promised yesterday, I’m posting two links to two different Novenas to prepare for the Feast of Pentecost which will be celebrated on Sunday, May 31this year. The first one is a single prayer repeated for the nine days of the Novena and can be found HERE
The second gives specific prayer(s) for each day of the nine day Novena and can be found HERE
I hope to pray the second one since it is more specifically asking for the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit, which I believe too few of us really appreciate. These Supernatural Gifts were given to us at our Baptism along with the Supernatural gifts of Faith, Hope and Charity - but especially for those baptized as infants – how many of us are aware of these gifts, given to us by God, that we might grow in the practice of them?
Hopefully many of us can pray today for the grace to make this a holy Novena not only for our own growth in holiness but also for the Church, the Body of Christ, to be renewed in these supernatural gifts of grace., and begin to listen and do the Truth the Holy Spirit was sent to lead us into, by the Father and the Son, our Lord Jesus.
Let us pray especially with the Heart of our Immaculate Mother, whose feast we celebrate the day following Pentecost, on June 1 under the title “Mother of the Church”.
Today’s Mass readings give 3 options: See Readings for Thursday, of the 6th Wk of Easter HERE Scroll down for link to the optional Memorial HERE and if your Diocese is celebrating the Feast of the Ascension today, the Readings are HERE
In Reading the options, I was most blessed by the 2nd Reading for the Feast of Ascension:
Brothers and sisters:
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of Him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to His call,
what are the riches of glory
in His inheritance among the holy ones,
and what is the surpassing greatness of His power
for us who believe,
in accord with the exercise of his great might,
which he worked in Christ,
raising him from the dead
and seating him at his right hand in the heavens,
far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,
and every name that is named
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And He put all things beneath His feet
and gave Him as head over all things to the church,
which is His body,
the fullness of the One who fills all things in every way. (Ephesians 1: 17-23)
Come Holy Spirit, fill us as you filled Mary, that we may live Your Truth as Mary our Mother lived on this earth, listening to all Jesus said and did, pondering all in her heart.