Wisdom….

“ Give me Wisdom, the attendant at your throne,
and reject me not from among your children ;
for I am your servant, the son of your handmaid,
a man weak and short-lived and lacking in comprehension of judgment and of laws.
Indeed, though one be perfect among the sons of men,
if Wisdom, who comes from you, be not with him,
he shall be held in no esteem.

Now with you is Wisdom, who knows your works and was present when you made the world;
who understands what is pleasing in your eyes.
And what is conformable with your commands.

Send her forth from your holy heavens
and from your glorious throne dispatch her
that she may be with me and work with me,
that I may know what is your pleasure.

For she knows and understands all things
and will guide me discreetly in my affairs
and safeguard me by her glory. “ Wisdom 9 :6
( Christian Prayer , Liturgy of the Hours Catholic Book Publishing Corp NY c1976 P 917)

Wisdom…

Through the course of our lives we heard that Wisdom comes with age, and experience.
The unfortunate truth is that nothing could be further from the truth. As I have gotten older and I have looked through the world at the state of our civilization, nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, it is quite plain through the history of the world, from creation to this very day, humanity as a whole has repeated the same mistakes, and done the same silly things over and over again.

Wisdom comes instead, through a heart and soul that is searching after God. It comes from God as a channel to understand our brothers and sisters, our world, and as a channel to grow in holiness and understanding of God.

Wisdom, in and of itself, will only give you some understanding and clarity, it will not give you the determination, and perseverance to go out and actually DO, what ever it is that God calls us to do.
It’s a little bit like going to music lessons and not practicing in between. The teacher can give you the tools you need to play the instrument, they can explain HOW to play the instrument, show you examples, etc, but if you do not pick up the instrument and play, then you will never learn.

Wisdom allows us to take what we see, or hear or experience, and see those things as a connection to God. You can experience church. You can physically go to the building, You can say the things that everyone else says.. you can go through the gestures. You can even FEEL like your part of something bigger.. but without Wisdom, that is all it will ever be.

Wisdom is a gift, in fact it is the very first of the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit. The others are , understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. “ They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them “ (CCC # 1831)

Wisdom is not however for those who harbor evil in their hearts. It is not for those who live and abide in sin. “ Wisdom will not enter into a malicious soul, nor dwell in a body subject to sin “
(Wisdom 1:4)

As Franciscans, and Christians, we are Heavenly beings, living an earthly existence. Full of human failings and weaknesses, we go about our days and nights seeking God, and seeking to do the will of God. Doing this, and seeking to discern His will not only FOR our lives, but what he wants for us to DO within those lives.

Further the world sees things differently than our understanding of how God sees the world. We see the world in all its grand delusion of sin and vice. We see how the world looks with greed upon creation, and even upon our brothers and sisters as instruments of power and control. Using human beings are little less than commodities to be used for personal gain, and collateral damage in the struggle to obtain what ever the end result that is desired.

Wisdom allows us to see past all of these things, to see the world through the eyes of God and to see how and where and when to act according to his will.

“ There were giants, those renowned men that were from the beginning of great stature, expert in war. The Lord chose not them, neither did they find the way of knowledge therefore did they perish. And because they had not Wisdom, they perished through their folly.” – Baruch 3 :26
( A Textual Concordance of the Holy Scriptures – Fr. Thomas David Williams1908 , TAN Publishing)

May God give you the gift of His peace, (and Wisdom)

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