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Pope's general audience of May 07



May 07, 2014 - Pope Francis held his weekly general audience in the Vatican on Wednesday, where he talked about counsel, the third gift of the Holy Spirit. The general audience during which the Holy Father delivers a catechesis on ‎some spiritual or moral issue, is an opportunity for pilgrims and tourists visiting ‎Rome to see and hear the Pope, and also receive his blessing. The general audience of May 7th in ‎Rome’s St. Peter’s Square ‎began with aides reading a ‎passage from the Book of Psalms. ‎
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Pope Francis then delivered his main discourse in Italian - summaries of which were read out by aides ‎in various languages, including in English. But first, the aide greeted the Pope on behalf of the English-‎speaking pilgrims.‎
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Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, we now turn to the gift of counsel. Through this gift, God enlightens our hearts and directs our thoughts, words and actions in accordance with his saving will. By leading us to Jesus, and through him to the Father, the Holy Spirit guides us in our daily interaction with others and enables us to make right decisions in the light of faith. Through the gift of counsel, we also grow in the virtue of prudence, learning to overcome our self-centredness and to see all things with the eyes of Christ. The gift of counsel, like all spiritual gifts, needs to be cultivated through prayer, by which we become attuned to the voice of the Spirit and conformed to the heart of Christ. Nor does this gift enrich us as individuals alone; the Spirit also counsels us through the lives and experiences of our brothers and sisters in the Church. Today, as we give thanks for the gift of counsel, let us seek to support one another along the path of faith, as we seek to be ever more docile to the working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

Pope Francis then greeted the English-speaking pilgrims in Italian.‎
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… Speaker: I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Slovakia, Korea, the Philippines, China, India, Canada and the United States. Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke the joy and peace of the Risen Lord. God bless you all! (BLESSING)




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