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We call this one “Remnant Shrimp From Last Night’s Dinner” by an unknown artist.

If you’ve done a better job keeping up with our novena than I have at updating the website, you’ll remember that the last couple of days was devoted to praying for kindness and faithfulness. Today, we pray for gentleness.

Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 7

Gentleness

Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate.

Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Gentleness within us.

Despite the gravity of our sins, oh Lord you treat us with Gentleness. Dear Holy Spirit, give us your power to treat all in our lives with the Gentleness of the Saints.

Amen.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord,

Amen.

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As a young parent, I often find myself trying to maneuver between strict and lax, punitive and rewarding – something like an unstable pendulum, unwise and fearful. After all, the stakes seem high and the cautionary tales plentiful. Somehow (praise God) I’m slowly learning that affection, warmth and gentleness are things that can be fearlessly poured out onto a child in as large a dose as we can muster from within us, and the results seem to always be good. One can say no and enforce boundaries and dole out consequences without the harsh words and disdain that can colour our parenting on those tough days. We’re human and it’s an ongoing struggle. God knows where we are at and pours out his graces as required. Come, Holy Spirit!

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