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St. Philip Neri
Pentecost Novena - Day 5

Acts 20:17-27
Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21
John 17:1-11

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have spirit or half-spirit?

"I am on my way to Jerusalem, compelled by the Spirit and not knowing what will happen to me there — except that the Holy Spirit has been warning me from city to city that chains and hardships await me." —Acts 20:22-23

The Holy Spirit will touch, bless, and enlighten us. He can be like a refreshing breeze, a warm fire, and cool waters. The Holy Spirit will also compel, warn (Acts 20:22-23), and convict us of our sins (Jn 16:8). He can be like a strong, driving wind (Acts 2:2), a purifying, consuming fire (see Heb 12:29), and raging rivers of living waters (Jn 7:38). The Holy Spirit will be ever so gentle, yet will also shake us by His almighty power. The Spirit will give us what we've always wanted and what we've always avoided. We both want and don't want the Holy Spirit. It is a peaceful and fearful thing to receive the Holy Spirit.

We feel like receiving half of the Spirit, but the Spirit doesn't come that way. For five days in this Pentecost novena, we have been praying to resolve this dilemma. Our sin, selfishness, and our fear are strong, but God's grace is stronger (see 2 Cor 12:9). By faith, repent, obey, and surrender. Cry out: "Come, Holy Spirit!"

Prayer:  Father, "may it be done unto me according to Your word" (Lk 1:38, RNAB).

Promise:  "Eternal life is this: to know You, the only true God, and Him Whom You have sent, Jesus Christ." —Jn 17:3

Praise:  In obedience to his confessor, St. Philip became a priest at nearly thirty-six. St. Philip was known for his winning personality and joyful spirit. He founded the Oratorio of Divine Love — the Oratorian priests.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Seek the Gifts of the Spirit, order, view, or download our booklet or order, listen to, or download our CD 3A and CD 3B or DVD 3A and DVD 3B on our website.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, September 24, 2020

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