Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

A Moment’s Meditation: Pentecost Wednesday

Ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of Counsel. By its aid the Christian deliberates with exactness and determines with discernment on those particular things which conduce to salvation, or which contribute the most efficaciously to the perfection of others, especially in unforeseen embarrassing circumstances out of the range of ordinary prudence. St. Catherine of Siena, a poor ignorant girl, was directed by this Spirit of Counsel. Thus was she able in the most critical times to work for the good of the Church, leading the Pope back to Rome, and guiding a number of disciples from all ranks of life in the virtues suited to their different states.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, lead back to the right path everything in me that has gone astray.

Practice: Examen – Have you a spiritual director? Do you follow his/her advice? Do you believe that they have a supernatural power and authority? Do you, with regard to your spiritual director, follow human views and sentiments? Do you imprudently speak to others of the advice your spiritual director gives you?

From “Saints and Saintly Dominicans: Daily Reflections on Their Lives”, edited by Rev. Thomas a Kempis Reilly, O.P. (1915).

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