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    Fifth Day - The Gift of Courage

    I. Opening Prayers

    All: In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    All: Come, Holy Spirit, inflame the hearts of all people with the fire of your love.

    Leader: Send forth your Spirit that all may be reborn.

    All: And you will renew the face of the earth.

    Leader: We beg you, Lord, to send the Holy Spirit upon us so that, inspired and encouraged, we may fulfill the duties that are ours, to carry our cross with patience and to grow daily in Christian perfection. Grant us through the same Holy Spirit, the intentions of this novena, or whatever is best for us and for all God's people. Amen.

    II. Scripture Reading - 1 John 4:17-21

    Love will come to its perfection in us when we can face the day of Judgment without fear; because even in this world we have become as he is. In love there can be no fear; fear is driven out by perfect love. To fear is to expect punishment and those who are afraid are still imperfect in love. We are to love, then, because he loved us first. Those who say "I love God," but hate their brother or sister are liars since those who do not love the brother whom they can see cannot love God whom they have never seen. This is the commandment he has given us: Those who love God must also love each other.

    (Short Meditation)

    IlI. Thought for each day

    Frequently we link courage and fear in our daily life, both of them are very real. The Gospel uses both words often. When we fear or are frightened we naturally reach out to others for comfort and reassurance. But it is very important thai reach into our souls where God's Spirit lives. There we find the gift of Courage. When the apostles were frightened during the storm on the Sea of Galilee they turned to Jesus, calling out for help. Jesus understood their fear. He calmed the rough waves - and replaced their fear with courage. The Spirit of Jesus will always be there for us.

    IV. Prayer of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

    O Lord Jesus Christ, before ascending into heaven you promised to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of your Apostles and Disciples. Grant that I may be open to the work of that same Spirit within me.

    Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom
    that I may not be attached to the perishable things of this world but seek the things that are eternal.

    Grant me the Spirit of Understanding
    to enlighten my mind with the light of your divine truth.

    Grant me the Spirit of Right Judgment
    that I may choose the surest way of pleasing God.

    Grant me the Spirit of Courage
    that I may bear my cross with you and that I may overcome all the obstacles that oppose my salvation.

    Grant me the Spirit of Knowledge
    that I may know God and know myself.

    Grant me the Spirit of Reverence
    that I may find the service of God sweet and attractive.

    Grant me the Spirit of Wonder and Awe
    that I may be filled with loving reverence towards God and may avoid anything that would displease him.

    Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of your true disciples and animate me in all things with your Spirit

    Amen

    V. Final Prayer

    O, Mary, by your humble obedience to the will of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit, you gave us the child Jesus. Help us to prepare our hearts so that we may receive and welcome the Holy Spirit and strive always to do what God asks. Grant this through Christ Our Lord.

    Amen.