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Jesus Asks: What Do You Wish?

what do you wishIn today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the mother of James and John, what do you wish (Matt: 20:21)? Their mother asks Jesus to allow her sons to sit on Jesus’ right and left in the Kingdom of Heaven. This mother has a lot of moxie! In response, Jesus asks an additional question, directed at James and John: “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink” (Matt 20:22)?

What do you wish?

I find the question, what do you wish, to be quite intriguing. If Jesus were sitting at a table across from you right now, and asked you that very question, how would you answer?

Novena to the Holy Spirit – Seeking Virtue

Novena to the Holy SpiritThe annual Novena to the Holy Spirit begins this coming Friday, May 26th and continues through to the day before Pentecost, June 3rd. In this Novena, we ask the Holy Spirit to grace us with seven gifts. Each one of theses gifts happen to be virtues as well:

  1. Awe (also known as Reverence) – We ask for a sovereign respect for God, as well as a filial submission to the Father.
  2. Piety – We ask for love and respect for those consecrated to God; including priests and religious, the Blessed Mother, the Saints, the Church, our parents, and our country and its rulers.
  3. Fortitude – We ask for the strengthening of our souls against natural fear. Continue reading

Seeking the Holy Spirit’s Counsel Always

seek-god Holy Spirit's Counsel Why seek the Holy Spirit’s counsel when making decisions? Because adhering to His good counsel is the secret to living a life of happiness, that’s why! I don’t know about you, but I want to be happy. I have found that if I do God’s will, then I am happy. When I seek the Holy Spirit’s counsel through persistent prayer, I do the right things. I make the right decisions. Seeking His counsel enriches our lives; it does not stifle us, but frees us to be the best we can be. Aligning our wills to God’s will sets our course aright. I am a firm believer in the widely quoted passage from Jeremiah, my favorite passage in the Continue reading

What is Counsel?

Gift of Counsel

The gift of Counsel aids and perfects the virtue of Prudence. Recall in the post titled, Prudence’s Principle Workings Part I of III, where we discussed Counsel’s role in the decision making process: Counsel addresses the means to the end (or the intention) and the circumstances. Counsel provides the conscience with advice as to whether or not the means to the desired end is morally appropriate. The “advice” is instruction from God on action to be taken. That is why the advice will always be error-free. Without Counsel, a person would not be able to make a prudent, error-free decision. Therefore, when God created man He, always knowing what we as humans need, endowed within us the Holy Spirit’s Continue reading