Thursday, May 5, 2016

An Invitation to a Deeper Pentecost


Happy Ascension!

I mentioned in my last post a series of free online videos from Father Dave Pivonka on the Holy Spirit.  Brian and I have really felt called to enter into them, watch them together, and invite the Holy Spirit to move more deeply in our hearts and lives.  And we've been inviting others to do the same. So...here's your invitation if you haven't gotten one already.  Watch these videos this week as we begin our Pentecost wait.  And tomorrow we begin to pray a novena to the Holy Spirit.  The first ever novena and where the idea of novena originated was from the disciples' nine day wait from His Ascension to the release of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  Let's join with the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin and the entire Church as we ask for a renewed outpouring of His Spirit on each of us, on our families, on our Church, on our country, on our world.  


Here's a quick little trailer introducing the series:  


There is also an invitation to gather together in community all over the world to experience the Vigil of Pentecost in fellowship - to stop, to wait, and to pray, asking that the Holy Spirit fill all of us and the whole world.  We'll be doing that here and maybe you can do the same wherever you are.  Father explains it better here and I'd really love if you watched it:



Here's the Novena prayer we'll be praying together beginning tomorrow:

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
(Recited daily during the Novena)

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. Mercifully 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, and 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 heareth." Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
(Recited daily during the Novena)


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. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.


You've now been officially invited to join us.  I hope you will.

Come, Holy Spirit.
Come.

Jean II Restout



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