God bless Bishop Finn for his beautiful homily today on the EWTN Mass explaining the oldest of all novenas: The Novena in Honor of the Holy Spirit. We begin this Novena tomorrow, the day after today's Feast of The Ascension of Our Lord, or Ascension Thursday. This Novena was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when, at His Ascension, He sent His Apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Let us fervently respond to the invitation of Bishop Finn and join him in this Novena of prayer in anticipation of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost! Bishop Finn teaches us in his Homily how the Holy Spirit is at work in our life. We can remember this action of the Holy Spirit in our life as The 3 Cs: Convict, Counsel, Console. The Holy Spirit will Convict us in the truth, Counsel us in all matters as we strive to live this truth of God's will in our life, and Console us on our journey through our life on earth to life everlasting in heaven.
With Bishop Finn let us pray: Come Holy Spirit, Come Holy Spirit, Come Holy Spirit!
'Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. "If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God..." For just as he remained with us even after his ascension, so we too are already in heaven with him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies.' (St. Augustine)