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52. The Gift of Counsel

1. The gifts of the Holy Ghost dispose the soul to actvirtuously in accordance with the movements of grace. Now, asnatural counsel is the research of reason (that is, thethinking mind) which precedes the decision of the will, and istherefore a kind of self-advice, so supernatural counselis the divine advice and guidance imparted by the Holy Ghost.Supernatural counsel is one of the seven gifts of the HolyGhost.

2. The gifts are, as we have seen, a help to the virtues.The gift of counsel is, in a particular manner, a help to thevirtue of prudence.

3. The blessed in heaven no longer need the guidance ofthe gift of counsel, for their end is attained. Yet thesupernatural enlightenment that guided them home remains in them.Therefore, the blessed in heaven retain the gift of counsel.

4. Counsel shows the way to use means that an end may beattained. Now, the works of mercy, spiritual and corporal, are ofthe greatest service to man as means to get him on to heaven andhis last end. Therefore, counsel is particularly concerned with theworks of mercy. It is right to say that counsel corresponds to thefifth beatitude, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shallobtain mercy."

"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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