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    Sixth Day - The Gift of Knowledge

    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 4:7-11

    Let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love. God's love for us was revealed when he sent his only son so that we could have life through him. This is the love I mean: not our love for God, but God's love for us when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away. Since God has loved us so much, we should love one another.

    (Short Meditation)

    IlI. Thought for each day

    "Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?" Jesus spoke these words to Mary and Joseph when, as a young boy, He was "lost". They found Him in the Temple, preaching. The wonderful gift of Knowledge helps us to see things and events God's way. Everything we are and have must be seen as God sees them: the Gift of Knowledge helps us to do that. Pain and suffering without God are fearful and frightening, but when we are aware of the Spirit of God dwelling within us we feel supported and strengthened. By the gift of Knowledge we will see the things that happen to us and around through the eyes of God. This surely is a powerful gift.

    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.