8th June : Our Lady, Seat Of Wisdom

Our Lady, Seat Of Wisdom

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Wisdom is the most precious gift of the Holy Spirit, for it is properly the fruit of Charity, the most excellent treasure one may possess in this life.  By this gift, men become spiritual; their understanding is enlightened; their emotions are regulated in such a manner that all things are judged by discerning good from evil and truth from falsehood; and all actions are ordered by reference to our last end, which is the attainment of eternal life.

Mary possessed in a surpassing degree the virtue of charity and she was adorned likewise with the precious gift of wisdom.  She could discern as if by instinct the things of heaven from the things of earth, and she directed all her actions toward God with that purity of intention proper to souls filled with Divine Love.  This wisdom filled the soul of Mary with a sweetness beyond compare, and communicated to all her exterior actions a heavenly gentleness, for of this virtue is written, “its conversation has no bitterness, its company no tediousness; but only joy and gladness”.

True wisdom bears the impress of seven supernatural qualities, which are, as it were, so many pillars on which it rests.  St. James describes these seven qualities, “The wisdom that is from above.”  Says he, “first indeed is chaste, then peaceable, modest, easy to be persuaded, consenting to the good, full of mercy and good fruits, without judging, without dissimulation” (pretense, deceit, deception).

Such were the supports on which the precious gift of wisdom reposed in Mary:  she kept her spirit constantly raised toward the supernatural regions contemplating the words of the Most High.

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