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Novena to the Holy Spirit

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Fifth DAY

Light immortal! Light Divine!
Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill.

The Gift of Knowledge

The gift of Knowledge
enables the soul
to evaluate created things
at their true worth-----
in their relation to God.

Knowledge unmasks
the pretense of creatures,
reveals their emptiness,
and points out their only true purpose
as instruments in the service of God.

It shows us the loving care of God
even in adversity,
and directs us to glorify Him
in every circumstance of life.

Guided by its light,
we put first things first,
and prize the friendship of God
beyond all else.
"Knowledge is a fountain of life
to him that possesseth it."


Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge,
and grant that I may perceive the will
of the Father;
show me the nothingness of earthly things,
that I may realize their vanity
and use them only for Thy glory
and my own salvation,
looking ever beyond them to Thee,
and Thy eternal rewards.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE.
Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Oblation to the Holy Spirit
for the Seven Gifts


before the great cloud of heavenly witnesses,
I offer myself body and soul to Thee,
eternal Spirit of God.

I adore the brightness of Thy purity,
the unerring keenness of Thy justice
and the might of Thy love.

Thou art the strength and light of my soul.

In Thee I live and move and have my being.

I desire never to grieve Thee
by unfaithfulness to grace,
and I pray with all my heart to be kept
from the smallest sin against Thee.

Make me faithful in every thought,
and grant that I may always listen to Thy voice,
watch for Thy light,
and follow Thy gracious inspirations.

I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee,
and I ask Thee by Thy compassion
to watch over me in my weakness.
Holding the pierced feet of Jesus,
looking at His five Wounds,
trusting in His Precious Blood
and adoring His opened side
and stricken Heart,
I implore Thee, adorable Spirit,
Helper of my infirmity,
so to keep me in Thy grace
that I may never sin against Thee
with the sin which Thou wilt not forgive.

Grant to me the grace, O Holy Spirit,
Spirit of the Father and of the Son,
to say to Thee always and everywhere,
"Speak, Lord, for Thy servant hears."
(After a prayer by Cardinal Newman)

Image and prayer from Catholic Tradition

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