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Posted on September 12, 2022 at 4:25 AM

Monday Meditation – Docile 9/12/2022

 

What does the word docile mean to you? For years I thought that it just meant meekness and submission. It seemed to me that only weak people would be docile since strong people would need to or want to be in control.

 

But docile comes from the Latin word docere (to teach). Being docile means being “willing to be taught.” We can think about it as being attentive to the instructor, having our ears attuned to the teacher’s voice and our pencil and paper ready to take notes. It means an attitude of receptivity to what the teacher offers, realizing that the teacher offers something which I do not have and is good for me.

 

Docility ultimately means that I have to step out in faith once I have some degree of certainty in the Holy Spirit’s will for me. We are called to “walk by faith and not by sight.” We learn to be docile to the Holy Spirit in degrees: “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.” (Luke 16:10)

 

I have a small booklet to guide me in praying for priests. In it, it says to pray that the priest is docile to the Holy Spirit. I understand that now to mean that the priest needs to be open to the instruction of the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit can guide him toward the truth and to what the priest should proclaim in his homilies.

 

I guess that means that I, too, should be docile. I should be open to the teachings of those people who can guide me on the path to holiness. So my prayer this week is for God to help make me more docile and open to receive instruction in the truth.

 

How about you? Have you been docile to the instruction of the Holy Spirit? If so, I pray you continue on listening to His Word and heeding His instruction. If not, perhaps you might pray this week that you can find a blessing in being docile to His Word.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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