November 15

Reflection

Wisdom is not merely how to live, but how to live together. As we think about wisdom we try to understand the wisdom that should be reflected in our lives. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. “Fear” in the sense of awe, reverence, respect and; the realization that  each of our lives is infused by Holy Mystery. The Source of creation connects all that lives and life is meant to be lived in harmony. This is the wisdom that opens us to justice, love, and compassion.

Prayer

You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joy in your presence,
Psalm 16:11

 Action

Reflect on the meaning of wisdom as implied in the Scriptures.
Where do you see it in the life of the Christian community?
Where is it lacking?

Suggested Reading

But the wise shall shine brightly
like the splendor of the firmament,
and those who lead the many to justice
shall be like the stars forever.
Daniel 12: 1-13

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
Proverbs 3:13-18

We may think God wants actions of a certain kind, but God wants people of a certain kind.
 C.S. Lewis

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Confucius

Wisdom begins in wonder.
Socrates

Turn your wounds into wisdom.
Oprah Winfrey

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Jimi Hendrix

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

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

 

 

 

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