Grace to you and Happy Easter!
Did you pray for wisdom yesterday? I prayed for it because I need more of it each day.
On this Day 5 of our novena, how about we meditate on counsel? It is a unique gift that helps us speak the right words at appropriate times. Not only do we need the gift of counsel for ourselves, but we also need it for others. It's a gift of service. How pleasant it can be for someone to say, "I like listening to you because your words edify and show the way in the dark."
Oh, Holy Spirit, the Love of the Father and the Son. You were called the Paraclete, one who is called in to defend or plead my cause. You do so, not only by speaking the right words in the best possible way. You come in at the right time too. You never let me down.
You plead my cause–like the Son, against all condemnatory accusations from the enemy of my salvation. You come in to remedy a crumbling situation by the force of your presence and love. Your presence alone is consoling and revitalizing.
You are the counsel—directing the Church through the thick and thin of turbulent times. I remember when our Lord and Savior encouraged us to be of good cheer, never anxious, because you will tell us what to say at the right time (see Mt 10:19). Yes! I believe it. I know it's true.
I know too that Christ will continue to be glorified in the life of believers (Jn 17:10-11) if you dwell with us as the Lord promised.
Oh, Holy Spirit, help me with the gift of counsel. I need it not only for me but also for my family, the Church, the community, and all around me. I believe with it, I can offer sound advice to those desperately in need of it.
There are many in need of spiritual and emotional support. How can I help if your grace of counsel isn't with me? I need this gift, oh, Lord.
I need, too, to be blessed by counseling words in my down moments. The saying quoted by our Lord, "Doctor cure yourself," is correct. All my life, I have not seen one who was the best counselor of himself or herself. Second opinions—reasonable, holy, and appropriate counselors are also needed.
During the time I need them most, may I receive from you good voices that would inspire me. Those who come in to say that word, beam that smile or extend a handshake that would be as consoling, strengthening, and enlightening to me because they flow from you.
May there also be more of such people in the dark, confused world. May your Church be blessed with more and more ministers of your counsel and consolation. Holy Spirit, I don't even know what I am saying. However, I know and believe you hear the groans of my heart.
Pray: Come, Holy Spirit. I need you. We need you. Speak your word of direction when we are at a crossroads. Amen.
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God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu Ph.D., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.