PRAYER: Novena To The Holy Spirit—Day Seven, Faithfulness, by Philip Bochanski

Praying With Saint Philip Neri For An Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit

Novena To The Holy Spirit—Day Seven, Faithfulness Philip Bochanski

From: Novena to the Holy Spirit

Hymn: Veni Creator Spiritus

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come
from thy bright heav’nly throne;
come, take possession of our souls,
and make them all thine own.

Thou who art called the Paraclete,
best gift of God above,
the living spring, the living fire,
sweet unction and true love.

Thou who art sevenfold in thy grace,
finger of God’s right hand;
his promise, teaching little ones
to speak and understand.

O guide our minds with thy blest light,
with love our hearts inflame;
and with thy strength, which ne’er decays,
confirm our mortal frame.

Far from us drive our deadly foe;
true peace unto us bring;
and through all perils lead us safe
beneath thy sacred wing.

Through thee may we the Father know,
through thee th’eternal Son,
and thee the Spirit of them both,
thrice-blessed three in One.

Amen.


Antiphon

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit, and they will be created.

And you will renew the face of the Earth.


Prayer

Holy Father, your love for us is everlasting and always true.  By the gift of your Holy Spirit keep us faithful to you, that in imitation of Saint Philip we may serve you with integrity.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


Reading

Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.  You must hold fast to what you have until I come.  To the victor, who keeps my ways until the end, I will give authority over the nations. (Revelation 2:10b, 25-26)


Responsory

The love of God has been poured into our hearts.  Alleluia.

By his Spirit living in us, alleluia.


Meditation

Saint Thomas tells us that the spiritual fruit of fidelity, or faithfulness, has two aspects.  On the one hand, fidelity toward our neighbor keeps us from offending him through fraud or deceit.  Faithfulness toward God is closely connected with the supernatural virtue of faith, and leads us to subject our intellect, and all that we have, to God.  Saint Philip bore the spiritual fruit of faithfulness equally toward God and his neighbor, providing an example and instruction for his disciples to do the same.

We have seen how gentle and kind Saint Philip always was toward those around him.  He also demanded absolute honesty and integrity in his relationships.  “He could not bear two-faced persons,” Cardinal Newman tells us, and “as for liars, he could not endure them, and was continually reminding his spiritual children to avoid them as they would a pestilence.”  Lying to avoid embarrassment was even worse; he insisted that his followers accept the crosses that came to them daily, since “he who runs away from the Cross the Lord sends him” through daily humiliations “will meet a bigger one on the road.”  The faithfulness that Saint Philip practiced and demanded of others was not relaxed in the face of adversity or hardship.  On the contrary, he insisted, “poverty and tribulations are given us by God as trials of our fidelity.”

Saint Philip recognized how difficult it is to maintain this fidelity, especially toward God, in the face of trials.  “Everyone is willing to stand on Mount Tabor and see Christ transfigured, but few are willing to go up to Jerusalem and accompany Christ to Mount Calvary.”  Therefore he counseled his followers that the best way to be faithful was to start slowly and focus on perseverance, rather than try to take on too much at the beginning, and burn out quickly.  “We must not be too ready to trust young men who have great devotion,” he said, speaking from experience.  “We must wait till their wings are grown and then see what sort of a flight they make.”  When someone came to him full of fire and enthusiasm, he did not crush their good intentions, but he urged them to proceed with moderation.  “It is well to choose some one good devotion and stick to it,” he advised.  “We must not wish to do everything at once, or become a saint in four days, but gradually, little by little.”


Litany of the Holy Spirit

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Father all-powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, have mercy on us.
Redeemer of the world, save us.
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.
Holy Trinity, hear us.

Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Holy Spirit, co-equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.

Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.
Ray of Heavenly light, have mercy on us.
Author of all good, have mercy on us.
Source of Heavenly water, have mercy on us.
Consuming fire, have mercy on us.
Ardent charity, have mercy on us.
Spiritual unction, have mercy on us.
Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us.
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us.
Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us.
Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us.
Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us.
Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us.
Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us.
Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, the Comforter, have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, who governs the Church, have mercy on us.
Gift of God, the Most High, have mercy on us.
Spirit Who fills the universe, have mercy on us.
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, inspire us with horror of sin.
Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the Earth.
Holy Spirit, shed your light in our souls.
Holy Spirit, engrave your law in our hearts.
Holy Spirit, inflame us with the flame of your love.
Holy Spirit, open to us the treasures of your graces.
Holy Spirit, teach us to pray well.
Holy Spirit, enlighten us with your Heavenly inspirations.
Holy Spirit, lead us in the way of salvation.
Holy Spirit, grant us the only necessary knowledge.
Holy Spirit, inspire in us the practice of good.
Holy Spirit, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Spirit, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Spirit, be our everlasting reward.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, send us your Holy Spirit.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety.

Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of your faithful,
And enkindle in them the fire of your love.

Grant, O Merciful Father, that your Divine Spirit may enlighten, inflame, and purify us, that he may penetrate us with his Heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who with you, in the unity of the same Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever.

Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen.


Doxology

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.

Amen.


Concluding Prayer

Heavenly Father, hear the prayers that we make in the name of your son, and give us the Paraclete whom he promised you would send.  May your love for us give us strength to respond to you, and to bear fruit in our love for you and for our neighbor.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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