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St. Augustine of Canterbury
Pentecost Novena — Day 1


Acts 18:9-18
Psalm 47:2-7
John 16:20-23

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the holy spirit novena

The “time has come.” —John 16:21

Today we begin nine days of prayer for the Holy Spirit, as the apostles did in the upper room before the first Pentecost. We need this time to prepare the way for the Spirit. Possibly you’re afraid of receiving the Spirit, but “the Spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit, but rather One that makes us strong, loving, and wise” (2 Tm 1:7). Jesus commands: “Do not be afraid. Go on speaking and do not be silenced, for I am with you” (Acts 18:9-10).

Come, Holy Spirit! Maybe you’ve lost a spouse, parent, child, or loved one through death and you’re too hurt to think of anything else, even the Holy Spirit. You grieve, “weep and mourn while the world rejoices” (Jn 16:20). Talk to Jesus about the death, the pain, and the loss. Ask Him questions. One day “you will have no questions to ask” Him (Jn 16:23). The Father and Son will send the Spirit to guide you to all truth (Jn 16:13). Come, Holy Spirit!

Will you stop right now and make a decision to pray for the Spirit for the next nine days?  Seek God’s will; write down how you believe He wants you to pray during these nine days. Pray and obey. Believe and receive the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:  Father, give me the grace to pray in these next nine days as I never have before.

Promise:  “You are sad for a time, but I shall see you again; then your hearts will rejoice with a joy no one can take from you.” —Jn 16:22

Praise:  St. Augustine, an Italian Benedictine monk, was the first Archbishop of Canterbury. Commissioned by Pope St. Gregory the Great, Augustine had traveled to England to preach Catholicism to the Anglo-Saxon pagans.

Reference:  (Being grounded in the truths of the faith is the goal of the 40 Day Discipleship Formation Retreats. See our website or e-mail retreats@presentationministries.com for information about the program.)

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