THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT – DAY 1

May 21, 2020frjohnma

COME CREATOR SPIRIT

Rev. Fr. John-Mary Benedict Ntol Atep

The traditional form of petition to the Holy Spirit is to invoke the Father through Christ our Lord to give us the Consoler Spirit. Jesus insists on this petition to be made in his name at the very moment when he promises the gift of the Spirit of Truth. But the simplest and most direct prayer is also traditional, ‘Come, Holy Spirit,’ and every liturgical tradition has developed it in antiphons and hymns. – Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2671

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come
From thy bright heavenly throne,
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all thine own.

We are privileged as disciples of the School of the Holy Spirit to invite the Holy Spirit as we embark on the great spiritual exercise of a Novena to the Holy Spirit. We pray that our nine days prayerful journey with and in the Holy Spirit may grant us a docile heart and a clean soul to breathe in the Holy Spirit so that we may be filled up moment-by-moment with guidance, empowerment and control. Amen.

In all of us who are baptized and confirmed is the deep craving to pray and experience the finger of God in our lives. But sometimes, we have prayed and prayed and our prayers seem to hit the ceiling of our houses and bounce off the ceiling and return to us unheard.

Friends in Christ, the secret or key to prayer is the Name: HOLY SPIRIT. Just as a privileged man needs a good wife as a helper to progress in life so is the Holy Spirit to all of us who have prayer as a vocation or a way of life. Thus, the Holy Spirit is our prayer helper. Scripture says, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words” (Rom. 8:26). 

We have been praying all the time to God now is the time to pray with God by praying with the Holy Spirit. We pray with the Holy Spirit, as we become conscious of every breath we breathe as an act of faith, an act of hope and an act of love. We pray with the Holy Spirit as we talk directly to Him as if we are talking with somebody on a one-on-one conversation, we pray with the Holy Spirit as we ask for His guidance, we pray with the Holy Spirit as we ask for His aid to listen to His inspirations, we pray with the Holy Spirit as we praise Him for His goodness, we pray with the Holy Spirit as we confess our sins and faults, we pray with the Holy Spirit as we ask for our genuine needs and intercede for others and the world and we pray with the Holy Spirit as we say Holy Spirit come and take control and empower us to do the will of the Father through the Son and in the Spirit.

Note, I do not take for granted all those who call on me to pray for them. I try to pray with the Holy Spirit for all prayer invitations as I constantly in my heart hold such in prayer. Come Holy Spirit!

Comments (21)

  • AndyMarie

    May 22, 2020 at 1:50 am

    May we always be conscious to invoke the Holy Spirit Everytime in our prayers and works .
    Thanks padre

    1. frjohnma

      May 22, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks and Amen

  • Nikky

    May 22, 2020 at 5:30 am

    Gdmrng my Padre, I trust you are doing well. May the Holy Spirit of God create in us a contrite heart of a true discipleship so as to follow and serve Jesus Christ always till the end of time, Amen. I am so happy to be among in the school of disciples of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Holy Spirit, you who Has been strengthening Padre John-Mary at drawing souls to Christ Jesus, may your presence never depart from him, continue to strengthen, empower and protect him, Amen.
    Come Holy Spirit and take possession of my soul, Amen. 🙏

    1. frjohnma

      May 22, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks be to God Lady Nikky and God the Spirit is with you always

  • Louis Mathias

    May 22, 2020 at 5:46 am

    Thanks so much Fr for sharing this wonderful piece again. As we begin the Novena to the Holy Spirit, the origin of all novena. May the Holy Spirit teach us to pray and sustain us to be true disciples of effective prayer through Christ Our Lord Amen 🙏 Come, O Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire 🔥 of your love

    1. frjohnma

      May 22, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks our dear spiritual friend and director

  • Andrew Yahaya

    May 22, 2020 at 8:00 am

    My the Holy Spirit continually lead us to the understanding of the truth. Amen. Thank you Fr.

    1. frjohnma

      May 22, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      Amen and thanks a lot

  • Adaeze Okafor

    May 22, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Thank you Fr for this piece. You have given us guidelines on how to do the Novena. I pray that the Holy spirit will pray with us and for us in this journey. Amen.

    1. frjohnma

      May 22, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      I am grateful

  • Francis-Mary

    May 22, 2020 at 10:33 am

    “…now is the time to pray with God by praying with the Holy Spirit”. #insightful! Thank you so much for sharing. Come O Holy Spirit; teach us to pray. Pray with us🛐

    1. frjohnma

      May 22, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      Dear brother and friend thanks again and again

  • Sinulo Ude

    May 22, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you Fr. for continuously offering food to our souls. May the 3rd person of the Blessed Trinity infuse in our hearts all His spiritual gifts as we daily strive to achieve the very purpose of our being…amen

    “…now is the time to pray with God by praying with the Holy Spirit” I like this, though it’s not so clear to me. I will reflect more on it and the Holy Spirit will open the eyes of my mind to grasp better. God bless you abundantly IJN.

    1. frjohnma

      May 23, 2020 at 10:26 am

      Thanks for your mighty words. To contribute to your very important point about what is the difference between praying to God and praying with God, here are some hints: First, the two ways are not only right but correct. However, we sometimes lay emphasis on the first as against the second. Instead of marrying the two together. To explain further, to pray to God is like to post a letter of adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication but to pray “with” the Holy Spirit is not just “to” post a “letter” to God but to walk with the Holy Spirit. This involves respecting the Holy Spirit as a super partner in prayer. Meaning, you dialogue with Him, ask Him questions on issues bordering you, observing silence and listen to His promptings. Holy Spirit of God fall afresh on us!

      1. Sinulo Ude

        May 25, 2020 at 1:47 pm

        Thanks father. Its much clearer now.

  • Juliana-Mary Ukeje

    May 22, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks a lot Father and all glory to God for this privilege of discipleship in the School of the Holy Spirit, which has really broadened my spiritual knowledge and understanding of the Church’s practices. For example, from your opening quote of the CCC no. 2671, I can now understand the principle behind the prayer format usually employed by members of the Sacred Heart during this time: “Father, Father, send us the promised Paraclete through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.” Thank you Father also for letting me know the various ways we can pray with the Holy Spirit; I’m particularly excited to note that as I become conscious of every breath I breathe as an act of faith, an act of hope and an act of love, I am actually praying with Him. Wow!, this is indeed very elating. I only pray as you have already prayed Father; that the praying hearts & Souls will respectively be docile & clean in order that He will accordingly fill us up moment-by-moment with guidance, empowerment and control. Amen.

    1. frjohnma

      May 23, 2020 at 10:28 am

      “Thanks a lot Father and all glory to God for this privilege of discipleship in the School of the Holy Spirit, which has really broadened my spiritual knowledge and understanding of the Church’s practices.” This is soul touching! I am eternally appreciative

  • Monica

    May 23, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Thanks Father. GOD BLESS you endlessly.

    1. frjohnma

      May 23, 2020 at 10:32 am

      GOD BLESS YOU IMMENSELY MY DEAR SISTER.

  • Ude jonas

    May 23, 2020 at 10:42 am

    So inspiring Padre I always learn from your wealth of experience.may God continue to hold you firm.

    1. frjohnma

      May 23, 2020 at 10:54 am

      Thanks my dear brother and friend

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