June 9

Reflection

After Pentecost we often reflect on what are known as the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. These are evidences of how persons can live if they are in union with the Spirit of God.

Wisdom involves the ability to see the big picture with a sense of proportion. The wise person has insight into people and situations, combined with an understanding of what to do and how to do it. Wisdom is the ability to not only see, but also to apply knowledge, experience, and a deep understanding which incorporates tolerance for the uncertainties of life. Wise people generally share optimism that life’s problems can be solved and experience a certain amount of calm in facing difficult decisions. Their wisdom includes a sense of proportion and good judgment. Through wisdom, the things of our world can be judged from the vantage point of contemplation. Wisdom sees the integration of this marvelous universe, the place ordinary life holds in it, and its source in the Mystery infusing it with being.

Prayer

Grant us wisdom which is more precious than success, wealth, or acclaim. Let our words and actions be guided by wisdom this day.

Action

Today I will pray for the gift of wisdom and attempt to be attentive to the leading of the Holy Spirit’s infinite unconditional love.

Suggested Reading

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know God better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which Christ has called you…
Eph 1:17-18

For in her is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique
manifold, subtile, agile
clear, unstained, certain,
not baneful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
firm, secure, tranquil,
all-powerful, all seeing.
The Book of Wisdom, Chapter 7:22,23,28

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
1Cor:1-25

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

Wisdom begins in wonder.
Socrates

It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them.
Paulo Coelho

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Mahatma Gandhi

Wisdom is the daughter of experience.
Leonardo da Vinci

There is no wisdom without love.
N. Sri Ram

 The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.
Solomon Ibn Gabiro

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Marcel Proust

The highest form of wisdom is kindness.
The Talmud

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