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(Vatican Radio) We cannot understand the things of God only with our heads, we need to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit too.

This was Pope Francis’ message at morning Mass Tuesday at Casa Santa Marta.

The Pope also said that faith is a gift of God which we cannot receive if we live our lives “detached” from His people, the Church.

Read the rest of the article here http://en.radiovaticana.va/storico/2014/05/13/pope_at_mass_the_danger_of_a_hardened_heart_/en1-798803

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Novena for 9 days

Novena to the Holy Spirit

FIRST DAY – FRUITS OF CHARITY AND JOY

LET us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the Most Holy Trinity, and, uniting our dispositions with those of our Blessed Lady and the holy Apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the Fruits of the Holy Spirit- charity and joy.

Our Father, Hail Mary.

O Most Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, we adore thee with all humility ; and with the most lively affections of our hearts we beseech thee to assist us in this thy Novena, that we may rightly prepare ourselves to receive thy heavenly gifts. We cannot, O Divine Spirit, receive thee without thine own aid preventing us. Without thee we cannot please thee. Do thou then, who didst prepare the heart of Mary to receive the Word Incarnate, vouchsafe so to dispose our hearts that we may happily receive the blessed flames of thy love.

Amen.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Burn, O Lord, with the fire of the Holy Spirit, our reins and our hearts, that we may serve thee with a chaste body, and please thee with a clean heart through our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon us, and abide, with us always.

Amen.

SECOND DAY: FRUITS OF PEACE AND PATIENCE.

LET us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the Most Holy Trinity, and, uniting our dispositions with those of our Blessed Lady and the holy Apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Spirit – peace and patience.

Our Father, Hail Mary.

O sweetest and most dear Mother Mary, behold us at thy feet, and having kissed them a thousand times with the lips of our hearts, we humbly implore of thee a favour, more needful for us than all else in the world beside. Since thou art the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Dispenser of his treasures, and his sweet Stewardess; since thou hast been enriched beyond all other creatures with his heavenly gifts, obtain for us, as thou didst obtain it for the Apostles, his coming into our hearts; and for this end obtain for us the grace to imitate, so far as in us lies, the examples of thy humility, thy purity, and thy charity.

Amen.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

O God, to whom every heart is open and every will speaketh, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the infusion of the Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee and worthily praise thee through our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon us, and abide, with us always.

Amen.

THIRD DAY: FRUITS OF BENIGNITY AND GOODNESS.

LET us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the Most Holy Trinity, and, uniting our dispositions with those of our Blessed Lady and the holy Apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Spirit benignity and goodness.

Our Father, Hail Mary.

Most holy Prince of the Apostles, blessed St. Peter, behold us at thy feet, to implore thine aid in obtaining the Holy Spirit. We, indeed, have been unfaithful to our Redeemer, not three times only, as thou wert, but thousands and thousands of times ; so that we could not hope that the spotless Dove would vouchsafe to descend into our poor souls, stained with so many sins; yet thine example, blessed Apostle, gives us courage. Thou didst weep bitterly, and with thy tears wert so cleansed as to receive all the gifts of the Divine Paraclete. We too desire to bewail our sins with bitterest grief like thine, while we humbly implore thine intercession to obtain for us, first of all, cleanness of heart, and then the gifts of the Holy Spirit, for which we yearn most earnestly.

Amen.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

O God, who hast taught the hearts of thy faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us by the same Spirit to think the things that be right, and ever to rejoice in his consolation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon us, and abide, with us always.

Amen.

FOURTH DAY: FRUITS OF LONG SUFFERING AND MILDNESS.

LET us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the Most Holy Trinity, and, uniting our dispositions with those of our blessed Lady and the holy Apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Spirit – long-suffering and mildness.

Our Father, Hail Mary.

O blessed and happy Apostles of our Lord, who in the upper room did receive the Holy Spirit with such fulness that ye were sweetly inebriated with divine love; we congratulate you with the most humble and lively affections, and contemplate your graces with a holy envy. We beseech you, by that love which ye bear to the Holy Spirit, who thus filled you with his special benedictions, obtain for us efficacious aid rightly to practise that brotherly concord, that continual prayer, and that tender devotion to Mary, whereby we can obtain, even as you obtained it, the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

May the infusion of thy Holy Spirit, O Lord, purify our hearts, and by the inward sprinkling of his gracious dew make them fertile in all good works through our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon us, and abide, with us always.

Amen.

FIFTH DAY: FRUITS OF FAITH AND MODESTY.

LET us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the Most Holy Trinity, and, uniting our dispositions with those of our Blessed Lady and the holy Apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Spirit – faith and modesty.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

O Eternal Father, how shall we ever bless and praise thee sufficiently, or thank thy goodness as we ought! A thousand times blessed be thine infinite charity, thine infinite providence, and thine infinite mercy, which moved thee to repair our miseries, and to give unto us a gift wherein is contained all the good that proceedeth from thee! Thou hast given us thy Son, who proceedeth from thee as thy Word. Thou hast given us also the Holy Spirit, who proceedeth from thy will, as thine uncreated love. What can we seek for more! and what shall we give unto thee for so great a gift! O Lord, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, of thy clemency, to take for thine own all our understanding, all our will, all ourselves, and that little all for all eternity.

Amen.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

We beseech thee, O Lord, that the Paraclete, who proceedeth from thee, may enlighten our minds, and. according to the promise of thy Son, may lead us into all truth through our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon us, and abide, with us always.

Amen.

SIXTH DAY: FRUITS OF CONTINENCE AND CHASTITY.

LET us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the most Holy Trinity, and, uniting our dispositions with those of our Blessed Lady and the holy Apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Spirit -continence and chastity.

Our Father, Hail Mary.

Most holy, most divine spirit, if there be any souls in the world more needful of thine aid than others, it is surely ours, blinded by our passions, chilled with an obstinate lukewarmness, and defiled by a thousand imperfections. Come then, O Divine Spirit! come and enlighten us ; kindle our fervour, and destroy in us all that is displeasing in thy sight. The greater our miseries are, so much the more glorious will be thy triumph over our perversity. Come, and create in us new hearts, which shall have all for God, and nothing for the world. Create in us a clean heart, O God. Amen.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Grant unto thy Church, O merciful God, that she, being gathered together in the Holy Spirit, may be in no wise disturbed by the incursions of her enemies through our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon us, and abide, with us always.

Amen.

SEVENTH DAY: DESCENT OF THE Holy Spirit UPON MARY AT THE ANNUNCIATION.

LET us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the most Holy Trinity, and, uniting our dispositions with those of our Blessed Lady and the holy Apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, in honour of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the ever-blessed Mother of God in the Annunciation.

Our Father, Hail Mary.

Most Divine Spirit, the Paraclete, we hardly dare to beseech thee to come into our souls, knowing well how sinful and defiled they are. It seems an intolerable boldness to invite God -yea, no less a one than God ! -to be a guest in a lodging so unclean. Yet thou vouchsafest graciously to reassure us by that infinite goodness of thine, whereby thou dost dispose with thy prevenient graces those hearts which thou condescendest to honour with thy presence. Thou disappointest not the desires of those who ardently sigh for thee, and are continually waiting for thee. O blessed Spirit, we sigh for thee with the most lively affections. Deign to come into us, and delay not thy gracious coming, while we cease not calling upon thee and beseeching thee to console us with thy long-expected coming.

Amen.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

We beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to pour into our minds the Holy Spirit, by whose wisdom we were created, and by whose providence we are ruled through our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon us, and abide, with us always.

Amen.

EIGHTH DAY: DESCENT OF THE Holy Spirit UPON JESUS AT THE JORDAN.

LET us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the most Holy Trinity, and, uniting our dispositions with those of our Blessed Lady and the holy Apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, in honour of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus at the Jordan. Our Father, Hail Mary.
Most adorable Trinity, we venture with all humility and awe to approach the lofty throne of thine exalted majesty; with our heads prostrate in the dust we adore thee, and give thee endless thanks for the immense blessings which thou hast bestowed on us, miserable men. We thank thee, O Eternal Father, and thee, O divine Son, for the gift which ye have given us of the Holy Spirit; for in giving us your love, who proceedeth from you, ye have given us yourselves. We thank thee, O Holy Spirit, who art at once the gift and the giver of all gifts, and we most earnestly beseech thee to give us thyself. No other gift but thine own self can satisfy our souls, and having thee alone, we shall have all things. But what can we give thee in exchange for so great benefits? O blessed Spirit, vouchsafe of thy mercy to accept for all eternity all our thoughts, all our affections, and all ourselves.

Amen.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that we may burn with that fire of the Holy Spirit which our Lord Jesus Christ sent upon the earth, and which he desired to be vehemently enkindled through our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon us, and abide, with us always.

Amen.

NINTH DAY: TRANSFIGURATION AND ASCENSION OF OUR LORD, AND THE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

LET us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the most Holy Trinity, and, uniting our dispositions with those of our Blessed Lady and the holy Apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, in honour of the transfiguration and ascension of our most dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and of the ineffable love of the Holy Spirit in all his manifestations to his creatures.

Our Father, Hail Mary.

Most holy Virgin and exalted Mother of God, who wast above all other creatures disposed to receive the Holy Spirit, and who didst receive him with greater fulness than all others; dispose, we beseech thee, by thy gracious aid, our cold hearts for the approaching solemnity of Pentecost. We fly to thee, most benignant Mother of sinners, that thou mayst obtain for us a lively contrition for our sins ; so that, although we cannot receive the Holy Spirit, as innocent, like thyself, yet may we receive him as true penitents, together with those meek penitents who received him in the upper room. Grant this, most holy Mother, not for our merits, for we have none, but out of thine own exceeding goodness, and that great love which thou bearest to the same blessed Spirit, who hath chosen thee to be his Spouse.

Amen.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the splendour of thy brightness may shine upon us ; and that the light of thy light may, by the illumination of the Holy Spirit, confirm the hearts of those who by grace are regenerate through our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the blessing of Almighty God. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon us, and remain with us always.

Amen.

[This Novena will begin on June 4th! *Click here to get Holy Spirit Novena reminders by Email!*]

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