Fourth Day – The Gift of Right Judgement

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All:  In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

All:  Come, Holy Spirit, inflame the hearts of all people with the fire of your love.

Leader:  Send forth your Spirit that all may be reborn.

All:  And you will renew the face of the earth.

Leader:  We beg you, Lord,  to send the Holy Spirit upon us so that, inspired and encouraged, we may fulfill the duties that are ours, to carry our cross with patience and to grow daily in Christian perfection. Grant us through the same Holy Spirit, the intentions of this novena, or whatever is best for us and for all God’s people. Amen.

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I.   Scripture reading – Acts of Apostles 1:6-9

Now having met together, they asked him, “Lord has the time come? Are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth.” As he said this is he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight.

II.   Thought for the day

The gift helps us to judge between what should be done, and what should be avoided in our daily life. With the assistance of the gifts of Knowledge and Understanding, Right Judgement is a wonderful help as we try to make decisions in our ordinary, day to day lives. It is a gift of spiritual “common sense” – a common sense that assures us the Spirit is resting gently in our hearts to guide us to the proper decisions.

III.   Prayer for the Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit

O Lord Jesus Christ, before ascending into heave you promised to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of your Apostles and Disciples. Grant that I may be open to the work of that same Spirit within me.

Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may not be attached to the perishable things of this world but seek the things that are eternal.

Grant me the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of your divine truth.

Grant me the Spirit of Right Judgement that I may choose the surest way of pleasing God.

Grant me the Spirit of Courage that I may bear my cross with you and that I may overcome all the obstacles that oppose my salvation.

Grant me the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself.

Grant me the Spirit of Reverence that I may find the service of God sweet and attractive.

Grant me the Spirit of Wonder and Awe that I may be filled with living reverence towards God and may avoid anything that would displease him.

Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of your true disciples and animate me in all things with your Spirit. Ame 

 

Final Prayer

O, Mary, by your humble obedience to the will of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit, you gave us the child Jesus. Help us to prepare our hearts so that we may receive and welcome the Holy Spirit and strive always to do what God asks. Grant this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

Hymn in Honor of the Holy Spirit

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