Novena to the Holy Spirit
“Jesus himself compares the Holy Spirit to
the wind; we cannot see the wind….but we can see its effects on the objects
around us. In the same way, although the
Spirit himself is invisible, and often works in hidden ways, we can recognise
his presence in the works that he accomplishes in those who believe. St Paul calls these
works “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control” the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5;22-23)..the[se] fruits of the Holy Spirit come about in the soul
when we receive the virtues and gifts of the Spirit, and let them change the
way we live….Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus instructed the apostles to…pray
for the coming of the Holy Spirit. If we wish to receive the power of the Holy
Spirit that will help us to bear his fruits, we too must follow this command
and example of fervent prayer…Certainly, a good time to pray such a novena
would be on the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost, but there are many
other reasons to pray for the Spirit’s fruits during the whole year. A new job, a new school year, a move to a new location, are
all good times to pray for the guidance and support of the Advocate that Jesus
promised to his disciples.”
From “Novena to the Holy Spirit”by Philip G. Bochanski,
published by the Catholic Truth Society, 2006; ISBN 1 86082 381 5.
As individuals and couples, we need the
insight, love and fortitude that only the Spirit can bring. As parents we need
to support our children by praying for them. In our parental role as educators,
we ourselves need the patience, self-control, peace and joy of the Holy Spirit.
This CTS booklet is a great help to the prayer life of any parent.