Friday, September 18, 2009

Wisdom

" Therefore I prayed, and prudence was given me;
  I pleaded and the spirit of Wisdom came to me.
  I preferred her to scepter and throne,
  And deemed riches nothing in comparison
  with her,
  nor did I liken any precious gem to her;
  Because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
   and before her, silver is to be accounted mire."    Wisdom 7:7-9

Wisdom, or prudence, is a cardinal virtue. Wisdom is NOT intelligence. Wisdom is understanding. Some of the most highly educated people in our country are completely lacking in wisdom. Look at some of our government officials, many are highly educated. But wise? No. They run around in circles chasing their own tales. And yes... I meant tales; there is very little truth in their speech. Wisdom pierces to the heart of the matter. A person can be both intelligent and wise. Pope John Paul II comes to mind, as does Mother Theresa. Often, though, scholars lack wisdom. Worldly knowledge and wisdom are two different things. Ask a scientist what is growing in a pregnant woman's uterus  and he'll give you a spiel about zygotes dividing and forming a ball of cells, etc... ask a child and the child will tell you it's a baby. Who is wiser?

Now, then, children, go to school.
And you men, go to the school of life
Go and learn
How to unlearn.             Charles Peguy


President Obama, if you are unsure of what is growing in a pregnant woman's belly, my 6 year-old would be more than happy to tell you. She has never heard of abortion though....and I pray she never will.

6 comments:

  1. What a great excerpt from the Book of Wisdom! Sometimes it is very hard to prefer this to riches. I struggle with this a lot! " Therefore I prayed, and prudence was given me;
    I pleaded and the spirit of Wisdom came to me."
    Thanks again for this great post!

    Blessing to you!:)

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  2. I love this passage. It floods my spirit, always has. I prayed it for many years. You are far wiser than I was at your age. I pray this wisdom continues to grow in you. May God bless you, too!

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  3. "Learn how to unlearn", we could all use a little of that, couldn't we? Oh, if only we could all be as innocent and wise as children. I also hope that your little Michaela never knows what abortion is.

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  4. Mary, great post. Learning to unlearn. Hard but can be done. Blessings.

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  5. Yes Mary such a difference between wisdom and knowledge, I am not sure God would be in agreement with politicians as it was politicians who sentenced him to death, politicans seem to have to speak out of both sides of their month in order to be elected, so sad really as I know we need law and order. I honestly think all parties are for their own selves and not their people...I could be wrong and don't usually comment on politics but I am also a strong believer in pro life....thank you for this post....:-) Hugs

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  6. Bernie,
    I'm not into politics much either. Many of the politicians speak with forked tongues. One of the issues that I do feel drawn to write about is abortion, however. I vote and send letters but mostly I pray that abortion ends around the world. I hope to see this in my lifetime :)

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