Prayer – Sixth Day of September
“We ought always to pray.” — St. Luke 18.1.
Before treating with men on spiritual things, entertain yourself with God in prayer, divesting yourself of your own thoughts to receive those of the Holy Ghost, Who alone can enlighten the mind and influence the heart. Especially must Superiors have close communication with God, having recourse to Him in every occurrence, to learn what they should teach to others, and the manner in which it should be taught, like Moses, who announced to the people of Israel what the Lord had taught him, saying: “This is what the Lord said.” — St. Vincent de Paul.
The abbot Pambon replied to those who came to seek his counsel: “Give me time to think.” He immediately commenced to pray; and if Our Lord enlightened him, he acquainted those who had asked his advice; but if not, he refused to give any opinion.
St. Ignatius, who depended upon divine wisdom alone, never determined any affair of consequence without first recommending it to God in prayer.
My God, I will undertake nothing, I will give no counsel, without first offering it to Thee. Give me wisdom, that it may assist me continually.