Catholic Minute – Catholic speaker Ken Yasinski — On day 2 of the Novena to the Holy Spirit we pray for the gift, fear of the Lord. The 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit are given for the purpose of our sanctification. They also also the virtues in our life to be perfected. This is a wonder aspect about this Holy Spirit novena. Each day we pray for one of the seven gifts. Jesus promises those who seek will find. So through this Novena to the Holy Spirit was seek, and by God’s grace, He allows us to find.
The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. ‘They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls.’
One beauty of Catholicism is the rich tradition of devotions and novenas. This Catholic pray will help us prepare for the feast of Pentecost. The novena to the Holy Spirit is not exception. Often times people do not know who to relate to the Holy Ghost. We can relate to Jesus easier perhaps because we know He became man. We can related to God the Father, because often we project the image of earthly Fathers upon Him. But when it comes to the Holy Spirit, sometimes we feel lost with personally relating. This novena can really help us come to know personal the 3rd person of the trinity, the Holy Spirit.