Counsel: Pentecost Octave

The human person stands in a constant state of searching. The Catechism tells us that “only in God will man find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for …. He cannot live fully according to the truth unless he freely acknowledges God’s love and entrusts himself to his Creator.” In our searching, we need the invaluable guidance—the advice or “counsel”—of God, who knows all things.

As Pope Benedict XVI said, “Without God man neither knows which way to go, nor even understands who he is… One of the deepest forms of poverty a person can experience is isolation…Poverty is often produced by a rejection of God’s love, by man’s basic and tragic tendency to close in on himself thinking himself to be self-sufficient or merely an insignificant and ephemeral fact, a “stranger” in a random universe…The human being develops when … his soul comes to know itself and the truths that God has implanted deep within, when he enters into dialogue with himself and his Creator… It is not by isolation that man establishes his worth, but by placing himself in relation with others and with God.”

Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s


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