•Are you aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit?
The Spirit alone guides us to the Son and draws us to the Father. Indeed, the Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are sons of
God (Romans 8:16).
Praying means allowing the Spirit to instruct us; the Spirit allows us to understand and taste the
things of God. He gives us, in particular, an understanding of God's plan; he brings us into the ways of
God. The Spirit gives us this important discernment, this gift of wisdom, which allows us to discern what is according
to God's will in such a way as to bring it to bear on our practical decisions
and to establish a hierarchy of values and order our occupations, not according
to human wisdom and prudence, but also to the folly of the cross and the
inspiration of the Gospel.
The Spirit gives us a sense of spiritual things
and a just hierarchy of values to be found there.1
Jean Cardinal Danielou, Prayer: The Mission of the Church
, Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI, 1996,
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