EIGHTH DAY OF THE NOVENA (Friday)
Alleluia! Christ the Lord ascendeth into heaven;
O come, let us adore Him! Alleluia!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, treasures which endure;
Come, Light of all that live!
The Gift of Fear of the Lord
The gift of Fear (Holy Awe) fills us with a sovereign respect for God. It is not the fear of a slave, a mere dread, or a cringing terror, but rather but a reverential awe at the divine Love that created and the glory of His Presence as He daily attends our lives. The Fear of the Lord is really a form of devotion, a consciousness of the sacredness and mystery of receiving life itself from the Living God, and that all sin occasions death, all transgression begets ruin, all iniquity abridges life. This devotion will cause us to be both afraid and ashamed to offend the Lord, and subdues all motions of the heart that in any way separate us from God and His life. The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom which “is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that no sinful desires or inordinate affections may abide there. Grant that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, and help me to shun all things that may offend You. In joy and wonder may I be made worthy to appear before the pure eyes of your divine Majesty and behold your glory face to face in the heaven of heavens, where you live and reign in the unity of the Ever-blessed Trinity, world without end. Amen.