Thu 9 Jun, 2011
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Counsel, Novena, Pentecost, Prayer
Today is the seventh of nine days of prayer for priests as we approach Pentecost. Please join us!
Seventh Day, June 9: The gift of counsel
The gift of counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must be done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by knowledge and understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duties. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these things, pray to the Most High that he may direct thy way in truth.”
Let us pray. Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide us in all our ways that we may always do thy holy will. Incline our hearts to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil and direct us by the straight path of thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which we long. Amen.
Pray the Our Father once, the Hail Mary once and the Glory Be seven times; then pray the Prayer of the Seven Gifts:
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (recited daily)
O, Lord Jesus Christ, who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish thy work in the souls of thy apostles and disciples, deign to grant, in our own times, the same Holy Spirit to our bishop and priests, that he may perfect in their souls the work of thy grace and thy love.
Grant them the Spirit of Wisdom that our priests may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal; the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our priests’ minds with the light of thy divine truth; the Spirit of Counsel that our priests may ever choose the surest way to pleasing God and gaining heaven; the Spirit of Fortitude that our priests may bear their crosses with thee and that they may overcome with courage all the obstacles to salvation; the Spirit of Knowledge that our priests may know God and themselves and grow perfect in the science of the Saints; the Spirit of Piety that our priests may find the service of God sweet and amiable; and the Spirit of Fear that our priests may be filled with a loving reverence toward God and may dread in any way to displease him. Mark our priests, dear Lord, with the sign of thy true disciples, and animate them in all things with thy Spirit. Amen.
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