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