A little gift from us to you...

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 The first novena in recorded history was prayed in an upper room in Jerusalem, where the Lord's disciples gathered with His mother Mary. Just before His glorious ascension, Jesus had told them:

           

"...before many days you shall be baptized

with the Holy Spirit... you shall receive power

when the Holy Spirit has come upon you

and you shall be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:5, 8)

         

Being 'clothed with power' with the Holy Spirit is only one part of our heritage as sons and daughters of the Father. For many of us, the gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit have not been fully appropriated or activated. These prayers may encourage and inspire you to "make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts" (1 Cor 14:1); in other words, to seek the Father for the full measure of grace and power that He promised to all His beloved children.