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August Reflection for Open Door – Felicia Rakes


From A New Day, Rev. Msgr. Chester Michael, S.T.D.
One of the greatest benefits from the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the gift of discernment.  By our openness to the gifts of the Holy Spirit we are able to discern God’s will in our regard.  This discernment is an exercise especially of the gift of Wisdom by which the Holy Spirit enables us to see things from God’s point of view.  By the gift of Counsel, the Holy Spirit inspires us to know God’s will on any given occasion.  This gift of prophecy is a particular use of the gift of Counsel whereby one is able to discern God’s will for other persons.  Understanding enables us to penetrate the mysteries of God, while Knowledge helps us to penetrate the mysteries of God’s providence at work in the events of history.  Piety and Fear of the Lord enable us to keep a good balance in our life between humility and trust.  Finally, Fortitude gives us the courage to carry out the will of god as revealed to us through the other six gifts.
**Let’s remember Father’s advice to all:  Discernment should be a daily practice for as little as 5-10 minutes!

Monsignor Chester Michael (1916-2014) RIP

We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) RSV

(favorite Bible quote of Fr. Chet’s)

 10498207_10204416414319929_1052966899565092963_oPhoto by Dr. Tim Short of Fr. Chet who loved to hike in the Shenandoah Mountains

It is with great sadness that we report that Monsignor Chester Michael peacefully passed away on Thursday at 3pm on July 31, 2014 at age 97 while in hospice care. Rev. Msgr. Chester P. Michael, a retired priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, was born in Berkeley Springs, WV, in 1916, ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in 1942, and was a faithful priest of the Diocese for 72 years. Please remember Msgr. Michael and his family in your prayers.

Remembering Monsignor Chester Michael (click for more stories and photos)