Day 6 of the Pentecost Novena:
Today we turn to the great Franciscan mystic and teacher St. Bonaventure and his prayer for the gifts of the Holy Spirit: read the prayer slowly aware of where these gifts are needed in your life and in the lives of those you pray for.
Veni Sancte Spiritus!
O Lord Jesus Christ I humbly ask that you would beseech the merciful Father to pour out upon us the gift of the Holy Spirit.
May the same Spirit rest upon us, bestowing his sevenfold gifts.
First, grant us the gift of understanding, by which your precepts may enlighten our minds. Second, grant us counsel, by which we may follow in your footsteps on the path of righteousness.
Third, grant us courage, by which we may ward off the Enemy’s attacks.
Fourth, grant us knowledge, by which we can distinguish good from evil.
Fifth, grant us piety, by which we may acquire compassionate hearts.
Sixth, grant us fear, by which we may draw back from evil and submit to what is good. Seventh, grant us wisdom, that we may taste fully the life-giving sweetness of your love.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. .
Our Lady, Immaculate Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray for us +
Br Richard Hendrick OFM Cap.