– by reflecting on the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost for which we prayed the novena before the Feast of Pentecost
In the beautiful illustrated 1912 edition of this novena by the Holy Spirit Fathers there is a side bar, with quotations a out each gift. Let us reflect on these gifts during the Octave of Pentecost!
Pentecost Sunday – FIRST GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: FEAR OF THE LORD
The fear of God prepares a prepares a place for love. But once love has begun to dwell in our hearts, the fear that prepared a place for it is driven out. . . . In sewing, the needle introduces the thread into the cloth. The needle goes in, but the thread cannot follow unless the needle comes out first. In the same way, the fear of God first occupies our minds, but it does not remain there, because it enters only in order to introduce love. –St. Augustine
Monday in the Octave of Pentecost – SECOND GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: PIETY
The reason for loving God is God Himself; the measure of loving God is to love Him beyond measure. –St. Bernard of Clairvaux
What is the mark of a love for God? To keep His commandments for the sake of His glory. –St. Basil the Great
Tuesday in the Octave of Pentecost – THIRD GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: FORTITUDE
The woman who stayed behind at the tomb to seek Christ was the only one who saw Him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed, as the Voice of truth tells us: “Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).
–Pope St. Gregory the Great
We ought to make some progress, however little, every day, and show some increase of fervour. We ought to act as if we were at war–as, indeed, we are– and never relax until we have won the victory.—St. Teresa of Avila
Wednesday in the Octave of Pentecost– FOURTH GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:KNOWLEDGE
If you desire to know . . . ask grace, not instruction; desire, not understanding; the groaning of prayer, not diligent reading; the Spouse, not the teacher; God, not man; darkness, not clarity; not light, but the fire that totally inflames and carries us into God by ecstatic unctions and burning affections. – St. Bonaventure
Thursday in the Octave of Pentecost – FIFTH GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: UNDERSTANDING
No one is so foolish as not to believe that the things of the physical world are subject to someone’s government, providence, and disposition, seeing that they are regulated according to a certain order and time. Thus we see the sun, the moon, and the stars and other parts of the physical world all holding a certain course, which would not happen if they were the sport of chance. For that reason, a man would be a fool not to believe in God. –St. Thomas Aquinas
Friday in the Octave of Pentecost – SIXTH GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: COUNSEL
What am I without You, Lord, but a guide to my own downfall? –St. Augustine
Let each one remember that he will make progress in all spiritual things only insofar as he rids himself of self-love, self-will, and self-interest. –ST. Ignatius Loyola
Saturday in the Octave of Pentecost – SEVENTH GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: WISDOM
What a sacred ignorance it is that loses sight of the wisdom and prudence of this age in order to learn the science and wisdom of the saints in the school of the Holy Spirit! –St. Paul of the Cross
Among all human pursuits, the pursuit of wisdom is more perfect, more noble, more useful, and more full of joy. –St. Thomas Aquinas
For the rubrics of the Divine Office of this season, please see” Notes on the Breviary” page!