The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the unseen moving force of God in the world – unseen but not unheard. It was the Holy Spirit who inspired the prophets of the Old Testament to lead the people to God. It was the Holy Spirit who inspired the evangelists to write the Gospels and Epistles. It is today the Holy Spirit who guides the faithful: “and I will send the Holy Spirit to inspire you.”

Pope Leo XIII at the turn of the century wrote, “We ought to pray and invoke the Holy Spirit, for each one of us greatly needs his protection and help.” The more we are lacking in wisdom or in inner strength, the more troubled or upset we are, the more we need to turn to the Holy Spirit for strength for comfort and consolation.

The Church emphasizes very urgently the honor and also the duty to pray and invoke the Holy Spirit in every phase of our life. “Lay people dedicated to Christ and anointed by his Holy Spirit (in baptism and confirmation) are marvelously called and equipped to produce in themselves ever more abundant fruits of the Spirit.” The new Catechism of the Catholic Church lists the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit as charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self control and chastity. Imagine a world where people strive to achieve such worthy goals. We can help to create that world, because by changing ourselves, we can change the world.

We are assured by the Church that all of our work, prayers, apostolic endeavors, our mental and physical relaxation, if carried out in the Spirit, and even the hardships of life, if patiently borne – all of these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Spiritans are happy to offer you this novena so that you may pray to and invoke the Holy Spirit daily for the seven gifts: Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgement, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence, and Wonder and Awe.