Friday, May 15, 2015

Novena to the Holy Spirit


 

As we approach the beatification of Archbishop Romero on the weekend of Pentecost, we offer the Novena to the Holy Spirit of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to accompany the Church, as it did during the Second Vatican Council and in meetings of the Latin American Bishops in from Medellin to Aparecida. We also remember the 40th anniversary of the first pastoral letter of Archbishop Romero, “The Holy Spirit in the Church”, this Monday 18 May.

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Friday, May 15 - DAY 1: We pray for the gift of fear of God

Novena prayer: “Divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints. I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me. O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear, so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon.”

Reflection: “Mary is the tenderness that is anxiously seeking for a solution.  Mary is in the midst of our country that at times appears like a dead end street, hoping that God will come to save us.  Hopefully we will imitate this Poor Servant of Yahweh and experience the fact that without God we can do nothing because God is the hope of our people and only Jesus Christ, the Divine Savior, can be the Saviour of our nation.  —Archbishop Romero, December 24, 1978

Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Saturday, May 16 - DAY 2: We pray for the gift of piety

 

Novena prayer: “Divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints. I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me. O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of piety, so that I may serve You for the future with increased ervor, follow with more promptness Your holy inspirations, and observe your divine precepts with greater fidelity.”

Reflection: “How can we, as men and women, live without praying?  How can a person spend a whole life without thinking of God?  How can a person leave empty that capacity for the divine and never fill it?  —Archbishop Romero, August 13, 1978

Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Sunday, May 17 - Day 3: We pray for the gift of knowledge

 

Novena prayer: “Divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints. I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me. O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of knowledge, so that I may know the things of God and, enlightened by Your holy teaching, may walk, without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation.”

Reflection: “In addition to reading the Bible, which is the Word of God, a Christian, who is faithful to this Word, must also read the signs of the times and enlighten them with the Word.”  —Archbishop Romero, October 30, 1977

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Monday May 18 - Day 4: We pray for the gift of strength

 

Novena prayer: “Divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints. I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me. O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of fortitude, so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of the devil, and all the dangers of this world which threaten the salvation of my soul.”

Reflection: “If our Archdiocese has become a diocese of conflict then there should be no doubt that this has occurred because of the desire of our diocese to be faithful to the new evangelization.  As a result of the Second Vatican Council and the meetings of the Latin American bishops, we are being invited to carry out a fearless process of evangelization that leads us to make a commitment.”  —Archbishop Romero, March 11, 1979

Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Tuesday, May 19 - Day 5: We pray for the gift of counsel

 

Novena prayer: “Divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints. I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me. O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of counsel, so that I may choose what is more conducive to my spiritual advancement and may discover the wiles and snares of the tempter.”

Reflection: “The preacher not only teaches, but learns.  You teach me.  Your attention is also for me the Holy Spirit’s inspiration.  Your rejection would be for me God’s rejection ...  Thanks to God, the Church in El Salvador can speak and we pray that this voice of the Church can continue to speak out.  When the Church speaks, she must proclaim the truth, otherwise it would be better for her to remain silent.”  —Archbishop Romero, July 16, 1978

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Wednesday, May 20 - Day 6: We pray for the gift of intelligence

 

Novena prayer: “Divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints. I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me. O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of understanding, so that I may apprehend the divine mysteries and by contemplation of heavenly things detach my thoughts and affections from the vain things of this miserable world.”

Reflection: “My sisters and brothers, do you want to know if your practice of Christianity is authentic?  Here is the touchstone:  Who are your friends?  Who criticizes you?  Who flatters you?  —Archbishop Romero, November 13, 1977

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Thursday May 21 - Day 7: Let us pray for the gift of wisdom

 

Novena prayer: “Divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints. I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me. O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of wisdom, so that I may rightly direct all my actions, referring them to God as my last end; so that, having loved Him and served Him in this life, I may have the happiness of possessing Him eternally in the next.”

Reflection: “All those longings for justice, peace, and well-being that we experience on earth become realized for us if we enlighten them with Christian hope.  We know that no one can go on forever, but those who have put into their work a sense of very great faith, of love of God, of hope among human beings, find it all results in the splendors of a crown that is the sure reward of those who labor thus, cultivating truth, justice, love, and goodness on earth.  Such labor does not remain here below but, purified by God’s Spirit, is harvested for our reward.”  —Archbishop Romero, March 24, 1980

Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Friday, May 22 - Day 8: Humble petition

 

Novena prayer: “Most Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, Father of the poor, Consoler of the afflicted. Light of hearts, and Sanctifier of souls, look upon us who lie prostrate in Thy presence, adoring Thee with the profoundest worship. A thousand times we bless Thee, and with the seraphim before Thy throne we cry Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus! We firmly believe that Thou art eternal God, consubstantial with the Farther and the Son. We hope in Thy goodness, to save and sanctify our souls. We love Thee, O divine love, with all our affections, and above all created things; for Thou art infinite goodness, and alone worthy of all love. How ungrateful have we been towards Thee! how deaf to Thy holy inspirations! how often have we offended Thee by actual sins! O blessed Spirit, we beg pardon of Thee with tears in our eyes, and it is our greatest unhappiness to think that we have ever offended Thee, our chief good.”

Reflection: “What beautiful coffee groves, what fine wheat, sugar cane and cotton fields, what farms, what lands God has given us!  Nature is so beautiful!  But we see it groan under oppression, under wickedness, under injustice, under abuse, and the Church experiences its pain.  Nature looks for a liberation that will not be mere material well-being but God’s act of power.  God will free nature from sinful human hands, and along with the redeemed it will sing a hymn of joy to God the Liberator.”  —Archbishop Romero, December 11, 1977

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Saturday, May 23 - Day 9: Offer and invocation

 

Novena prayer: “I offer you my heart as cold as it is, and I beg you to let you a ray of your light and a spark of your fire enter it, so as to melt the ice of its iniquities. You are a divine spirit, strengthen me against the evil spirits; you are a fire, enlighten me with the fire of love; you are a light, let me know what is eternal; you are a dove, grant me the habits of purity; You are a breath of sweetness, dissipate the storms that raise passions in me; you are a language, teach me the way of relentless praise; you're a cloud, cover me with the shadow of your protection. Author of all heavenly gifts! I beg you, give me life by your grace, sanctify me with your love, and govern me with your wisdom, Adopt me as your child and save me with your infinite mercy, that I never cease to bless, to praise you and to love you, throughout my life on earth and later in Heaven for all eternity.”

Reflection: “The Church has no desire to make denunciations.  I, more than anyone else, experience a repugnance for having to speak these things --- but I believe that it is my duty to do this, my duty to speak the truth.  Thus we must keep our eyes wide open, our feet firmly planted on the earth and our hearts filled with the gospel and God.”  —Archbishop Romero, August 27, 1978

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