The gift of understanding is a spiritual gift that provides deeper insights into our faith and our relationship with God. Like all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it flows from an intimate union with God, and enables us to discern His will in the choices we make in our lives. The gift of understanding is closely related to faith. When the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and enlighten our minds, it makes us grow day by day in the understanding of what the Lord has said and done. Jesus himself said to his disciples: I will send the Holy Spirit and he will make you understand all that I have taught you. Understanding the teachings of Jesus, to understand His Word, to understand the Gospel, to understand God’s Word.
‘Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.’ Luke 24:45
Come O Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Your well beloved Spouse and fill us with the gift of Understanding. Amen
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator come,
From your bright heavenly throne!
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all your own.
You who are called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above,
The living spring, the living fire,
Sweet unction, and true love!
You who are sevenfold in your grace,
Finger of God’s right hand,
His promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand!
O guide our minds with your blessed light,
With love our hearts inflame,
And with your strength which never decays
Confirm our mortal frame.
Far from us drive our hellish foe
True peace unto us bring,
And through all perils guide us safe
Beneath your sacred wing.
Through you may we the Father know,
Through you the eternal Son
And you the Spirit of them both
Thrice-blessed three in one.
All glory to the Father be,
And to the risen Son;
The same to you, O Paraclete,
While endless ages run.
Message of Our Lady, 25th May 1990
“Dear children! I invite you to decide with seriousness to live this novena.
Consecrate the time to prayer and to sacrifice.
I am with you and I desire to help you to grow
in renunciation and mortification, that you may be able to
understand the beauty of the life of people who go on giving
themselves to me in special way.
Dear children, God blesses you
day after day and desires a change of your life.
Therefore, pray that you may have the strength to change your life.
Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Act of Personal Consecration to the Holy Spirit by Fr. Ciaran McDonnell (R.I.P)
[Chaplain to English speaking pilgrims in Medjugorje, 2001-2002]
O Holy Spirit,
love that proceeds from the Father and the Son,
font of inexhaustible graces and life,
To You, I desire to consecrate my person, my past, my present, my future, my desires, my choices, my decisions, my thoughts, my affections,
all that I am, all those whom I encounter, whom I think of, whom I know, whom I love and all that with which my life makes contact.
From the power of your light, from the warmth of your presence, from your peace,
are all your blessings.
You are the Lord and giver of life, and without your strength, nothing is without fault.
O Spirit of eternal love, come into my heart, renew it and make it ever more like the heart of Mary, so that I can become now and always, temple and tabernacle of your Divine Presence. AMEN
We are offering this Novena to the Holy Spirit for the people of Ireland to open their hearts, minds and ears to hear His voice of Truth, that all life is Sacred from conception to natural death, as we approach the Referendum on Abortion on the 25th May.
The Irish Government wants to change our Constitution, which currently protects the life of the mother and the pre-born baby (babies) in her womb and wants to bring in un-restricted abortion up to 12 weeks, which could change to, up to full term, if they so legislate in the future.
Please join us, if you wish, in offering this Novena for a ‘NO’ vote on the 25th May, in Ireland, so that abortion will not come into our Country.