November 12

Reflection

Resplendent and unfading is wisdom,
and she is readily perceived by those who love her,
and found by those who seek her.

WIS 6:12-16

True wisdom is a moral quality, not necessarily a measure of intelligence. It is the ability to perceive the true nature of a matter and to act according to what we understand to be right. The wisdom that leads others to justice is consistent with God’s justice. It seeks to empower others to confront injustice and to spark a vision of a better world. Wisdom judges rightly between things that differ. In the Bible, “wisdom” is used to translate the Hebrew word of the Old Testament meaning to be wise in thought and deed, and the Greek word of the New Testament meaning clear or wise. Wisdom searches out what is most likely to interpret the will of God with a new insight.

Prayer

Give us the vision to act wisely.

Action

Where have you encountered true wisdom? Have you been a source of wisdom for another? How can you lead many to justice?

Suggested Reading

The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
Proverbs 16:23

How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
Proverbs 16:16

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.
Psalm 51:6

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Saint Augustine

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
Khalil Gibran

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau 

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
Socrates

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov

There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.
Charles Dickens
 

 

 

 

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