On the seventh day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit, we seek the gift of Counsel: the grace “to judge promptly, correctly and, as it were, intuitively” especially in difficult situations. (Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. The Counsel)
When we have the gift of Counsel, we see with clarity the road ahead; we understand how God wants us to proceed. It is like looking at our decisions through a magnifying glass. Of course, this glass is comprised of trust in God and the Church. I have made bad decisions in my life. I can tell you that in those instances, I lacked the trust in both. However, as I have become more trustful in God and the teachings of the Church, my judgment has improved. I also have learned that we do not seek the gifts of the Holy Spirit in isolation; they are meant to be experienced with others: the “Gift of Counsel, is not only counseling myself, it is also the Gift of Counsel for others.” (Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J)
Case in point; today, I meant to write this blog, as I always do, early in the morning. However, I was interrupted by my son because he was upset. The iron-on t-shirt he designed was not ready to wear. In addition, my wife was hosting a celebration in our home. I have to make a decision on whether to continue to write my blog or support both my son and my wife. In the past, I would have been upset that they were interrupting me, especially doing God’s work. However, I decided, without any guilt or hesitation, to stop the blog efforts and focus on them. It was a liberating moment, because I felt I was doing God’s will. God wants me to be as good of a father and husband as I can be.
Like with all the others gifts of the Holy Spirit, my judgment is better now because of the people in my life. I am fortunate to have great friends, a spiritual director, and a great spouse who love me. Whenever I am weak in any of these gifts, I seek in them the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Let’s pray to the Holy Spirit to bless us with the gift of Counsel today and forever. Have a blessed evening!!!