Novena to the Holy Ghost
Fr. M. Mischler, S.J.
Each day includes a short definition of each gift of the Holy Ghost, then a profound meditation which is followed by a prayer appropriate to that gift. Lastly, one recites the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, the Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost and the Prayer for the Seven Gifts.
This should be in the hand of every confirmand, sponsor, parent, teacher, priest and religious. We give gifts at Confirmation in imitation of the Holy Ghost, who gives much greater gifts. What better gift is there than helping the confirmed know and love what he has received from Him?
As St. Thomas Aquinas tells us, "you cannot love what you do not know." How can you love the Holy Ghost and communicate in prayer with Him, if you do not first know Him? If thinking of the Holy Ghost puts birds in your mind, you don't know Him...unfortunately, that's most of us. Many novena books are heavy on piety but light on doctrine. Not so, this beautiful and profound novena.