Part 1

Part 1

Introduction

The Wisdom of Jesus

 

 

WISDOM

 

A Gift of the Holy Spirit

(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)

 

 

"…Today, every human being, every precious soul has an opportunity

to say 'yes' or to say 'no'.

Listen, and you will hear words of wisdom and enlightenment,

words to follow, Truth in life, yours to be had…."

(Our Lady of Emmitsburg, June 28, 2008)

 

God the Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ

and

Our Lady of Emmitsburg

 

"Wisdom"

 

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

"The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: 

a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, spirit of counsel and of strength,

a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord." 

(Is 11:2)

 

As expressed in the Catholic Encyclopedia (New Advent), to the Holy Spirit are attributed the operations of grace and the sanctification of souls, and in particular spiritual gifts and fruits.  The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit are freely given by God (Is 11:2-3), and they are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.   These are considered supernatural and permanent qualities which make us attentive to the voice of God, which render us susceptible to the workings of actual grace, which  make us love the things of God, and consequently, which render us more obedient and docile to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.  As permanent qualities, they can be nurtured over a lifetime to bring about our eternal reward, or they can be neglected and starved over a lifetime and convict us to our eternal damnation.

 

Part 1:  Introduction

             The Wisdom of God the Father

             The Wisdom of Jesus

             The Spirit of Wisdom

 

Part 2:  The Virgin Mary--The Seat of Wisdom

              Our Wisdom

 

Part 3:   The Characteristics of Wisdom

 

Part 4:   The Lack of Wisdom

               The Closing

 

 

Part 1

 

INTRODUCTION

 

"…Who ever knew your counsel,

except you had given Wisdom and sent your Holy Spirit from high? 

And thus were the paths of those on earth made straight,

and men learned what was your pleasure and were saved by Wisdom…." 

(Wisdom 9:17-18)

 

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg to all her children:

"Little ones, the Gift of the Holy Spirit is the most precious and important Gift from God, because it is God Himself.  Without the Holy Spirit, you would have no Wisdom, Understanding or Knowledge, no Counsel and Piety.  You would not have the Fear of God.  All the Gifts of the Holy Spirit would not be given to you.  God is among you and with you and in you, and this is a great Gift indeed!  You can have the Courage and Fortitude to move fearlessly to do what God has asked you to do.  How blessed you are to desire God to be within you and to follow Him!  He invites you to follow Him.

 

"Everything seemed to be lost without the Holy Spirit.  The Apostles were confused and frightened.  Then when God breathed upon them the Gift, all was made new; and today it is still once again made new!  St. Peter always wanted to know what was going on.  He wanted to know the least of the secrets, and my Son would say to him, “What does it matter?  You were called to follow Me.”

(Jn 21:20-23)

 

"You, children, are called to follow Him too.  It does not matter that you know every intricate secret or what the Lord is doing next.  All you need to do is to follow Him, and the Gift of the Holy Spirit will enlighten you and give you the strength and courage to do exactly that."  (Private OLOE, May 30, 2009)

 

"For wisdom is better than all the most precious things;

and whatsoever may be desired cannot be compared to it."

(Proverbs 8:11)

 

"Wisdom" is defined in the Catholic Dictionary as "the first and highest of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  It makes the soul responsive to God in the contemplation of Divine things.  Where faith is a simple knowledge of the articles of Christian belief, wisdom goes on to a certain Divine penetration of the truths themselves.  Built into wisdom is the element of love, which inspires contemplative reflection on these Divine mysteries, rejoices in dwelling on them, and directs the mind to judge all things according to their principles."  Whereas, Webster's New World Dictionary defines wisdom as "the power of judging rightly and following the soundest course of action, based on knowledge, experience and understanding," thus restricting it to only its acquired human characteristics rather than a supernatural gift from God. 

 

The Book of Wisdom of Solomon is one of five Old Testaments books often referred to as the "Wisdom Books":  Ecclesiastes, Job, Proverbs, Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon.  "Wisdom" seems to be often presented as an "understanding of the providential plan of God in creation.  This is what Job and Ecclesiastes seek but cannot find, while it is what Proverbs, Sirach and Wisdom promise will be given to those who seek." (Seely, Dr. Andrew, What Is Wisdom?, Thomas Aquinas College, 2000)  Interestingly,  in the Books of Ecclesiastes & Wisdom, "wisdom" is personified in the feminine gender, although scripture scholars understand that personification to be as King Solomon,  God from eternity, or at times,  Christ Himself, and in certain verses, as a biblical prefigurement of the New Testament's Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary or even the bride of Christ, the Church. We will leave it to the theologians and scholars to address the biblical intentions of the authors of these Books, while we pray to be open to and to wisely discern the divine inspirations held within them for each of us. 

 

Examples of various personifications in the Wisdom books:

 

King Solomon:  "…You have chosen me as king over your people….You have bid me to build a temple on your holy mountain….a copy of the holy tabernacle which you had established from of old…."  (Wis 9:8-9)

 

The Almighty God:  "…When on his account the earth was flooded, Wisdom again saved it, piloting the just man on frailest wood…."  (Wis 10:4)

 

The Messiah, Jesus:  "For she is the refulgence of eternal light, the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of His goodness…."  (Wis 7:26-27)

 

The Passion of Jesus: "Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;…He professes to have knowledge of God, and styles himself a child of the Lord….He judges us debased….Let us see whether his words be true….Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words, God will take care of him." (Wis. 2:12, 13, 15,18-20)

    

The Holy Spirit:  "…For wisdom will not enter into a malicious soul, nor dwell in a body subject to sins…."  (Wis 1:4)

 

Holy Mother Church:  "…With the bread of life and understanding, she shall feed him, and give him the water of wholesome wisdom to drink; and she shall be made strong in him, and he shall not be moved…."  (Ecc 15:3)

 

The Blessed Virgin Mary:  "And that there is a great delight in her friendship, and inexhaustible riches in the works of her hands, and in the exercise of conference with her, wisdom, and glory in the communication of her words.  I went about seeking that I might take her to myself."  (Wis 8:18)

 

Moreover, now we will ponder from what has been given to the world through Gianna Talone Sullivan by God the Father in His Words, Our Lord Jesus Christ in His Lessons, and Our Lady of Emmitsburg in her Messages to the world regarding "wisdom" and how it may apply to each of our very own spiritual journeys.  

 

 

 

The Wisdom of Jesus

"…When the sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue,

and many who heard Him were astonished.

They said, 'Where did this man get all this? 

What kind of wisdom has been given Him? 

What mighty deeds are wrought by His hands!…"

(Mk 6:2-3)

 

When speaking of the "Wisdom of Jesus," we could mean a most perfect Divine attribute; however, the Book of Wisdom in certain parts clearly personifies Wisdom as Our Lord Himself, as does St. Louis de Montfort in his treatise on Eternal Wisdom.  In His Lessons to the world, Our Lord shares His thoughts on His own Wisdom:

 

"Those who pray continuously and privately trust in Me and believe I hear them; I tell you, they shall be rewarded….I am now speaking of true devotion to My Most Sacred Heart by praying to Me where no one can notice….I am speaking of prayer of intimate privacy and great glory.  If you are truly My follower, you will not seek fame through prayer or attention.  You will seek humility, purity and knowledge of My Wisdom.  When you pray alone to Me, it is you and I, heart to Heart…."  (JOM, Vol I, #64, June 23, 1989)

 

"…What does My Wisdom tell you?  Wisdom in Me will teach you not to seek acceptance from man but seek acceptance from My Father.  My Wisdom teaches you not to put your trust in the human heart, for the human heart will torture you….

 

"…Trust in My Father!  Trust in Him and you will find His goodness.  Do not put your trust in man, but in God.  Man stands by you in your time of joy, but only watches on in your time of sorrow.  My Wisdom teaches you not to seek the words of praise from man; for those who speak words of praise, speak also words which are harmful and full of deceit.  Man's words are words of no value!  My Wisdom teaches you not to sway like thin branches on a tree.  Be strong in your faith and firm in your trust in Him Who sent Me….This is what My Wisdom teaches--for all to seek peace, praise and discipline from My Father through trust and open-heartedness….Happy the man who seeks Wisdom and finds it, for he shall live in Joy.  Happy the man who shares My Wisdom through the actions toward his fellow companions.  All mankind shall praise him, for they will be praising Me as I live in him…."  (JOM, Vol II, #4,  Sept. 25, 1989)

 

To attain unity in this world with the Trinity, Jesus teaches us that it requires all three elements--the mind, the heart and the soul--to be one with Him, and this can be accomplished through the Holy Spirit.  Where there is any movement toward unity with our God, we can be sure that the evil one will be working hard to create disunity and deception. Our Lord warns that it is through prayer, especially prayer for wisdom, that error, carelessness and sweet deceptions can be avoided:

 

"…The evil one cannot irritate you with confusing thoughts if you have given Me your mind…..These temptations can only be short-lived, for evil thoughts are not able to manipulate their actions.  When you give to Me your mind, it is united to Mine.  When you give to Me your heart, it is united to Mine.  When you give to Me your soul, My Divinity becomes yours!  It is necessary for all three elements to be united in love to Me and the Trinity….Give to Me your mind, and you will have Mine.  Be open to receive My Wisdom.  My Wisdom teaches you that the heart, soul and mind must be one in unity to be one with Me….Be open to Me.  Allow My Spirit to replace your thoughts with pure ones.  You will have the clarity to resolve solutions of problems…."  (JOM, Vol II, #47. Feb. 21. 1990)

 

"…Do not allow the glory of the world to entice you away from Me.  Pray for Wisdom and allow Me to ward off the errors of falsehood which could dismay you and be a disadvantage to you.  Allow Me to prevent all carelessness from affecting your progress.  Be alert to those bothersome 'sweet' deceptions.  Pray and be strong through perseverance, that your spirit of Love is not broken with deceiving desires and invalid arguments…."  (JOM, Vol IV, #38, July 24, 1992)

 

Our Lady spent 30 years of Jesus' private, hidden life with Him, thus making her the expert witness to the Wisdom of her Son.  No one knows better than she the Wisdom of the Child, the Cross of the suffering Savior, and the Truth of the Triumph of the Two Hearts yet to come.  She assures us that we are protected as we are tasked to bring her triumphant Love, compassion and gentleness to the forefront, and she passes on to each of us the Wisdom of her Son, a gift to be shared in Truth with all the world:

 

"…When you are loyal to Jesus and serve Him unselfishly and with a generous heart, He gives you bountiful graces.  Your thoughts and desires will become holy, and you will feel drawn to Jesus….As you surrender your 'self' to His Will, you will gain victory over worldly possessions.  You will gain insight and victory in His Wisdom and Power….You will grow in holiness, and you will become more and more like Jesus until you are sanctified and live in perfect union with Him…."  (Public OLOE, July 31, 1997)

 

"My Son desires your lives to be an echo of happiness, filled with the vision of peace, serenity and harmony.  He desires each soul to ascend in the fullness of His Joy and Wisdom.  You belong to God, little children, and this means you are all one in Him.….My Son died for all of humanity, not a select few; and His Death unified the human race as He took on each one of your sins and drew each one of you to His Sacred Heart.  Through His one act on Calvary, He taught humanity the Way to peace, unity and harmony; and He invites you to imitate His ways of holiness….Those who pray together will live together in eternity.…"  (Public OLOE, June 22, 2000)

 

"…Now is the time embarking upon the world when humanity will know the Truth of Christ, not only His Love and the breadth and depth of His Wisdom; but the world will also know of the Truth of the Triumph of my Immaculate Heart and that my Son has come not only as a Child, as a Salvific Savior, but as the Child who will rule the world in Truth in the beginning of the new era….

 

"Not all people understand the meaning of the Child, and they also do not understand that to be a 'child' one has to be born through the Holy Spirit in the purity of the womb, to come forth to bear the Cross as did the Salvific Savior; and as one takes the Cross, not the entire Cross itself, but only one little sliver of the Cross, it will be revealed to each soul the Truth of Who my Son is….

 

"…There is much fear within people, but what you can bring to the forefront is my triumphant Love.  You can be confident; and in that confidence you can be gentle; and in your gentleness, you can be compassionate; and in your compassion, you can reveal the Truth…."  (Private OLOE, Jan. 12, 2003)

 

"I desire simply to tell you that you are protected--from evil, from fear, from injustice, and from lack of Truth…

 

Receive the Wisdom of God which has been passed on to me; and in thanksgiving, bow to my Son.  Give Him the glory which He deserves and which He rightfully owns.  For this I thank you…."  (Private OLOE, July 27, 2006)

 

"Continue to help all those in the world!…Allow them to know the Truth, and never waver.  The truth is the Truth.  Even in your torments and sufferings, you are made just in the Eyes of God and righteous through your humility.  Peace to you for all the Peace you give to my Son.  Joy to you for all the Joy you give to my Son.  Wisdom is to be had--a great gift!  Receive your tremendous gift…."  (Private OLOE, Dec. 16, 2007)

 

Mercy

"…All mercy shall make a place for every man

according to the merit of his works

and according to the wisdom of his sojourn…"

(Ecclesasticus 16:15)

 

 

In a private message to Gianna on the feast of St. Catherine of Siena in 2003, Our Lord further emphasized the role of the 'Child' in this new beginning, this first phase of the unveiling of His Divine Mercy:

 

"We are embarking now on the new beginning, the first phase of the unveiling of My Divine Mercy.  When humanity realizes the trouble in the world, they will look for My Mercy.  They will realize that they are prisoners to a few people who control their lives through power, and materialistic and monetary means, both in the Church and in the world.  People will come to look for Me, and I will reveal the Truth and ratify My prophets.  Never again then shall you suffer, but all shall know the Truth of the Child, the Omnipotence of the Child, the Joy of the Child, the Wisdom of the Child, and the security within the Child…."  (Our Lord to Gianna, Private, April 29, 2003)

 

"Nations shall declare His Wisdom,

and the Church shall show forth His praise."

(Ecclesiasticus 39:14)

 

END

Part 1: The Wisdom of Jesus