April 26 Our Lady of Good Counsel

Where the Holy Spirit reigns, the human spirit becomes docile and submissive. Counsel calls for uninhibited practical behavior; fortitude is enlightened by counsel. Together, they offer flexibility to the human spirit so it can make fitting adaptations to conditions. Because it submits to the Holy Spirit without resistance, it is capable of meeting any situation it confronts. This heavenly light, as the gift of knowledge, allows one to discern in all clarity everything created, and all that happens, according to its relation with the eternal order, to understand its structure, and to allot it its fitting place and the importance which is its due.

-St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

 

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator Blest

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
And in our souls take up Your rest;
Come with Your grace and heavenly aid
To fill the hearts which You have made.

O Comforter, to You we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
And sweet anointing from above.

You in Your sevenfold gifts are known;
You, finger of God’s hand we own;
You, promise of the Father, You
Who do the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our senses from above,
And make our hearts overflow with love;
With patience firm and virtue high
The weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
And grant us your peace instead;
So shall we not, with You for guide,
Turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Your grace on us bestow
The Father and the Son to know;
And You, through endless times confessed,
Of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
With You, O holy Comforter,
Henceforth by all in earth and heaven.

Amen.