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Pope Francis describes prayer as a way to seek counsel from God

2014-05-07

(-ONLY VIDEO-) During his catechesis for the General Audience, Pope Francis continued his series on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, talking about the gift of counsel. He said that through this gift, God shows people the right path in their lives. But in order to obtain this gift, the Pope added, it needs to be sought through constant prayer.


SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

In our continuing catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, we now turn to the gift of counsel.  Through this gift, God enlightens our hearts and directs our thoughts, words and actions in accordance with his saving will.  

By leading us to Jesus, and through him to the Father, the Holy Spirit guides us in our daily interaction with others and enables us to make right decisions in the light of faith.  

Through the gift of counsel, we also grow in the virtue of prudence, learning to overcome our self-centredness and to see all things with the eyes of Christ.  The gift of counsel, like all spiritual gifts, needs to be cultivated through prayer, by which we become attuned to the voice of the Spirit and conformed to the heart of Christ.  

Nor does this gift enrich us as individuals alone; the Spirit also counsels us through the lives and experiences of our brothers and sisters in the Church.  

Today, as we give thanks for the gift of counsel, let us seek to support one another along the path of faith, as we seek to be ever more docile to the working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Slovakia, Korea, the Philippines, China, India, Canada and the United States.  

Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke the joy and peace of the Risen Lord.  God bless you all!


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