PRAYER: A Novena To The Holy Spirit For The Virtue Of Restraint

A Novena To The Holy Spirit For The Virtue Of Restraint

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On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I 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. 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, 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 here on Earth.”

Dearest Holy Spirit, confiding in your deep, personal love for me, I am making this novena for the following request, if it be your holy will to grant it: (STATE REQUEST).

Teach me, divine spirit, to know and to seek my last end.  Grant me the holy fear of God, true contrition, and patience.  Do not let me fall into sin. Give me an increase of faith, hope, and charity, and bring forth in my soul all the virtues proper to my state of life.  Make me a faithful disciple of Jesus and an obedient child of the church, and provide me efficacious grace sufficient to keep the commandments and to receive the sacraments worthily.

Give me the four cardinal virtues of:
Prudence – to think carefully before acting, to make wise choices, and to do things well;
Justice – to give God and neighbor their due, thus safeguarding the rights of God and others;
Fortitude – to act for the good and right in spite of any difficulty;
Temperance – to exercise self-control to the desires of human nature.

Bestow me with your seven gifts, to enable me to live a holy Christian life:
Wisdom – to desire for the things of God and to direct my whole life and all my actions to his honor and glory;
Understanding – to know more clearly the mysteries of faith;
Counsel – to warn me of the deceits of the devil, and of the dangers to salvation;
Fortitude – to strengthen me to do the will of God in all things, to overcome fears, and face difficulties without giving up hope;
Knowledge – to enable me to discover the will of God in all things;
Piety – to demonstrate loyalty and faithfulness to God;
Fear of the Lord – to have a dread of sin and fear of offending God.

And impart to me your twelve fruits:
Charity – to act out of love for God above all things and for kindness to our neighbors;
Joy – to feel the sense aroused in the soul by the goodness consistent with God’s nature;
Peace – to spread the tranquility of good order and the serenity that accompanies the agreement of human wills;
Patience – to endure hardship caused by another in conformity with God’s love, without sadness or resentment;
Benignity – to give understanding, sympathy, and concern for persons in need;
Goodness – to reflect God’s nature and will for us and that which is suitable and befitting
Long-suffering – to provide extraordinary patience, forbearance, and restraint under provocation or trial;
Mildness – to exert a gentle disposition and behavior towards others;
Faith – to possess a firm belief in God in all that he has revealed to us, the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction to believe of things not seen;
Modesty – to observe proper decorum, to avoid what is offensive, and to remain humble;
Continency – to control unruly human passions and desires;
Chastity – to moderate desires for pleasure according to principles of faith and right reason.

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

Amen.

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