(Anytime in the Morning/Afternoon)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
1. Dwell in me, O blessed Spirit!
How I need your help divine!
In the way of life eternal,
keep, O keep this heart of mine.
Dwell in me, O blessed Spirit,
gracious Teacher, Friend divine!
For the kingdom work that calls me,
O prepare this heart of mine.
2. Grant to me your sacred presence;
then my faith will ne’er decline.
Comfort me and help me onward;
fill with love this heart of mine. [Refrain]
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
On my knees, I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You, I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion, to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant heareth.” Amen.
SCRIPTURAL READING: Matthew 16:17
And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”
The gospel of the Lord…
In Christianity, the word of knowledge is a spiritual gift listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8. It has been associated with the ability to teach the faith, but also with forms of revelation similar to prophecy. It is closely related to another spiritual gift, wisdom. Aside from other scriptural texts, this gift is also mentioned in Isaiah 11:2 alongside with others.
The gift of knowledge refers to the ability to know facts about a situation, or a spiritual principle, that could not have been known by natural means. More importantly, the gift of knowledge gives a person the ability to judge everything from a supernatural viewpoint; this allows someone to see a situation as God sees it. The object of this gift is the whole spectrum of created things insofar as they lead one to God. Through infused knowledge, the faithful can see the providential purpose of whatever enters their lives, and they are able to put creatures to the right use according to God’s will for themselves and for others. Sometimes called “the science of the saints,” it enables those who have the gift to discern easily and effectively between the impulses of temptation and the inspirations of grace.
Scripture speaks of knowledge in a variety of areas. However, in today’s Matthean text, Jesus confers upon Simon Peter a beatitude for receiving the gift of knowledge from God the Father about his (Jesus’) Messianic identity – this is the knowledge of God. Little wonder St. Thomas Aquinas said that the gift of knowledge corresponds to the virtue of hope, which better helps us to understand the meaning of God. Likewise, St. Paul knows this, little wonder he says in 1 Timothy 2:4 “God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church adds that this truth is of Christ Jesus… (CCC #74). St. Thomas Aquinas also taught that the gift of knowledge brings to perfection the supernatural virtue of faith, but it is also linked to the perfection of the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, and temperance.
Dear friends in Christ, to cultivate the gift of knowledge is to continue to study our faith: reading of the Scriptural texts from the standpoint of the Church’s magisterium (CCC, etc.). Thus, besides praying each day, at least 15-30 minutes should be devoted to reading the Bible. This fuels the soul so that the Holy Spirit can set afire the great gift of knowledge; thereby, coming to know the Lord and know His ways. Saint Paul well captured this gift: “I have come to rate all as loss in the light of the surpassing knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things; I have accounted all else rubbish in order that I may gain Christ” (Phil 3:8-9).
Pause for a moment and reflect…
DAY 5 PRAYER
Come, O Spirit of sanctity, from the glory of heaven and send forth the radiance of Your light. Father of all the poor, light and peace of all hearts, come with Your countless gifts. Consoler in desolation; refreshment full of loveliness, come dear friend of my soul. In weariness send repose; breath gently cool refreshing breeze; console the desolate who weep alone. Light of Beatitude, make our hearts ready; come enter our souls. Without Your grace, man stands alone; he cannot be good or sure. Cleanse what is soiled; heal what is wounded; moisten what is arid. Bend the stubborn will; warm the cold heart; guide the wandering footstep. O Holy Spirit, we beg You to give us grace through Your sevenfold power and grant me the favour I so earnestly seek in this novena (State your request here…) if it be in accordance with Your Holy Will. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence toward God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
Our Father… Hail Mary…. (Glory be….X7)
(Anytime in the Evening/Night)
LITANY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
Divine Essence, one true God, Have mercy on us
Spirit of truth and wisdom, Have mercy on us
Spirit of holiness and justice, Have mercy on us
Spirit of understanding and counsel, Have mercy on us
Spirit of love and joy, Have mercy on us
Spirit of peace and patience, Have mercy on us
Spirit of longanimity and meekness, Have mercy on us
Spirit of benignity and goodness, Have mercy on us
Love substantial of the Father and the Son, Have mercy on us
Love and life of saintly souls, Have mercy on us
Fire ever burning, Have mercy on us
Living water to quench the thirst of hearts, Have mercy on us
From all evil, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From all impurity of soul and body, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From all gluttony and sensuality, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From all attachments to the things of the earth, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From all hypocrisy and pretence, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From all imperfections and deliberate faults, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From our own will, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From slander, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From deceiving our neighbours, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From our passions and disorderly appetites, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From our inattentiveness to Thy holy inspirations, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From despising little things, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From debauchery and malice, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From the love of comfort and luxury, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From wishing to seek or desire anything other than Thee, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
From everything that displeases Thee, Deliver us, O Holy Spirit.
Most loving Father, forgive us.
Divine Word, have pity on us.
Holy and divine Spirit, leave us not until we are in possession of the Divine Essence, Heaven of heavens.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Send us the divine Consoler.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Fill us with the gifts of Thy Spirit.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Make the fruits of the Holy Spirit increase within us.
V. Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful,
R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created,
R. And Thou shall renew the face of the earth.
Let Us Pray
God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.
The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth — in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretence of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it.
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen
Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill, and grant peaceful rest to our bodies tonight, so that we may rise with joy to sing your praise. Amen.
The Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
Written and Compiled by Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Fatima, Vila Sabrina, São Paulo, Brazil
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PS: Have you prayed your Rosary today?