Q. 1. What is the gift of Counsel?
A. 1. The gift of counsel (also known as "right judgment") helps the individual to choose what is right, even in difficult circumstances.
The gift of counsel perfects the virtue of prudence. The gift of counsel permits a person to judge promptly and rightly what should be done, as if by a sort of supernatural intuition, especially in difficult situations. Through this gift, the Holy Spirit speaks, as it were, to the heart, enlightening a person as to what to do.
The gift of counsel confirms the promise made by Christ to his followers, "When they hand you over, do not worry about how to speak or what to say; what you are to say will be given to you when the time comes; because it is not you who will be speaking; the Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you." [Mt 10:19]
The gift of counsel, first of all, refers to the person's prudent conduct, and then in favour of others. Enlightened by the Holy Spirit, a person learns what to do in a specific case and what advice to give when consulted or what command to give if he is in authority.