To help us pray ‘with the disciples’ in this time before Pentecost and the glorious coming of the Holy Spirit I offer the following prayers from a traditional novena. I had an extremely busy weekend and today is day four, so I include today in three separate posts the prayers up to today, the fourth day.
Come, Thou Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, Thou light of all that live!
The Gift of Fear
The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls.”
Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in the Kingdom of Heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.