Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 7 May 2014 -
Pope's Audience: to pray is to leave space for the Holy Spirit
to help seek God's counsel
In continuation with his series of catechesis on the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis talked about the gift of counsel. He said that though this gift, God leads people to the right path. But he added that this spiritual gift can only be found through a constant and intimate prayer to God.
"Pray to the Lord, 'Lord, help me, advise me what I should do now.' And with prayer, we leave space for the Holy Spirit to come and help us in that moment. To counsel us on what we all need to do. Prayer, never forget about prayer.”
The gift of counsel, Pope Francis said, enriches individuals, and helps them grow, by leading them towards God's will.
But the Pope added that the gift of counsel can come from the living witness of men and women of faith. As an example, he cited a young man from Argentina who visited him at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lujan. The man had a serious problem, and after consulting with his mother, she advised him to seek counsel from Our Lady.
"This is the gift of counsel. Don't say this or that. Let the Holy Spirit do that talking. That humble, modest woman gave her son the truest advice, because this man told me; 'I saw Our Lady and I knew I had to do this and this.' I didn't have to say anything. It was all his mother, Our Lady, and the young man. This is the gift of Counsel. All you mothers who carry this gift, pray so that your children will receive it, the gift to counsel their children.”
During his greetings to pilgrims, the Pope expressed his support for the work of an Italian non-profit rehab center, which helps young men and women recover from drug addiction.
"It might do some good to tell everyone. Simply, say no to any types of drugs! Be strong!”
Despite the menacing clouds, it was a different type of rain that befell Pope Francis before the start of the audience. As he rode to through the crowds, pilgrims showered him with gifts and items in hopes that the Pope himself would catch them and bless them.
It was likewise a busy time for his bodyguards, who not only carried children to the Pope to receive his blessing, but also elderly people, wheelchair and all.
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