Do you comprehend the difference between authentic knowledge and mere information? In this techy age, many people don’t even know that there is a difference between knowledge and information –so much has the fine line been blurred. It has been said that we are “drowning in information but starving for knowledge (Rutherford David Rogers- 1915),”and how accurate that statement is. We daily exchange sound bytes of information in a futile effort to gain meaningful knowledge. However, searching for valid knowledge in this manner can be compared to a dog chasing his tail; around and around we go as we always come back looking for veritable knowledge among the same sources of novel information that previously disappointed us. This cycle can only be broken by the Omniscient God. He sends upon us the Holy Spirit Who is the source of all true knowledge and Who gives freely to each and everyone who calls upon Him.
Among the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, one of the most needed and perhaps most overlooked is the gift if knowledge. In these last few days before the Solemnity of Pentecost, let us ask the Holy Spirit for that authentic knowledge and pray the Fifth Day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit.
Novena to the Holy Spirit
The Gift of Knowledge
“The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth in relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. ‘Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesses it.’”
“Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Your glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to You and Your eternal rewards.” Amen.
Our Father ~ Hail Mary ~ Glory Be to the Father (seven times) ~ Act of Consecration (see Novena to the Holy Spirit (Day 1))
Prayer for the Seven Gifts
“Almighty and Eternal God, Who has vouchsafed to regenerate us by the water and the Holy Spirit, and has given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from Heaven upon us Your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear.” Amen.
– Novena taken from Novena and Prayers to the Holy Spirit, Original Text by Daniel A. Lord, S.J., P. 2 & 9