“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Sirach 51:18

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TODAY’S WORD…

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I am determined to put [Wisdom] into practice,

I have earnestly pursued what is good,

I will not be put to shame.

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– Sirach 51:18 (JB)

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REFLECTION…

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Dictionary definitions of “wisdom” include

– the quality of having knowledge and good judgement;

– the ability to discern;

– good sense;

– a wise attitude

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In the Christian context,

Wisdom means always acting according to the spirit of the Commandments

and not looking for an ambiguity or omission which we can use to evade their true intent

and to justify our actions.

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Wisdom means understanding the consequences of our life choices, actions and words

before we decide, act or speak.

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Wisdom means having the knowledge and understanding to recognise the right course of action

and having the will and courage to follow it.

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Following the ways of Wisdom helps bring us in harmony with God

because these ways are in accordance with His will, as revealed in the Bible,

and are pleasing to Him.

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The ways of Wisdom also bring us in harmony with other persons

because respect for others is the very essence of the Commandments.

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Acting with Wisdom brings us in harmony with ourselves,

giving us a sense of self-worth and inner peace.

This is because Wisdom helps us avoid the shame and guilt

that come from following our baser instincts.

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We often fail in our daily struggle to act with wisdom – it does not come easily or naturally.

Although it is easier to follow our less-than-wise impulses,

the reward for acting with wisdom and living in God’s grace is great

…and it is eternal!

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A quick look around us today,

will quickly show us how much true wisdom we lack.

How sad.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord, help me only earnestly pursue what is good.

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