THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT – DAY 5
AVENUES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT’S ACTION – 1
Thou who art sevenfold in Thy grace,
Finger of God’s right hand;
His promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand.
Thanks be to the Holy Spirit for the gift of the 5th Day of Novena in His honour. Our interest is to remind ourselves of the two great avenues that the Holy Spirit sanctifies, unifies, beautifies and diversifies us. Many of us are already praying for the two avenues to manifest in our lives and the Church: Gifts and Charisms.
About Gifts of the Holy Spirit, St. Paul says “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit” (1Cor. 12:4). Gifts of the Holy Spirit are spiritual arsenals for our personal sanctification, the acquisition of virtues and the sustenance of our moral life. Therefore, for one to claim to have gifts of the Holy Spirit without corresponding virtues and a sound moral life, would be tantamount to contradiction and spiritual lies. Gifts without virtues is equal to moral bankruptcy. Therefore, we should work hard to rediscover and cultivate virtues because we are supercarriers of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This is where we sincerely need the assistance of the many cloud of witnesses especially the Virgin Mary whose virtues are more numerous than the stars of heaven says St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. The gifts were promised by God through the prophet Isaiah and they were fulfilled on Pentecost: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2-4).
All those baptized and confirmed have received all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. But the gifts manifest in our thoughts, words and actions for our personal holiness and according to the degree of our docility to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The gifts also come alive in us to reflect the works of the Holy Spirit based on our activation of them and our commitment to the Spirit.
Today, thank the Holy Spirit for His presence, power and essence in your life, desire more awareness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in your life, pray to receive the gifts of the Spirit, talk about the gifts of the Spirit, promote and share with people the gifts of the Holy Spirit in your life. HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD FALL AFRESH ON US!
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.