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Monday 4 January

Serve the Lord with awe (Ps 2:8).

1 John 4:1
It is not every spirit, my dear people, that you can trust; test them to see if they come from God. 

The bishops at the Second Vatican Council said the following: ‘Our era needs … wisdom more than bygone ages … for the future of the world stands in peril unless wiser people are forthcoming’ (Gaudium et Spes 15).  We need wisdom and discernment if we are to know if our ideas, desires and plans are really from God or not. If they are we prosper, if they are not, then we stumble and fall. The only way to receive wisdom is to ask God for it (James 1:5). Wisdom comes from the Holy Spirit. The Spirit helps us to attain wisdom through the Church (its teaching and its sacraments) through prayer and through the working of conscience. Wisdom comes to us as these three work together in our lives.

‘Among all human pursuits, the pursuit of wisdom is more perfect, more noble, more useful, and more full of joy.’ (St Thomas Aquinas) Lord, grant us the gift of wisdom that comes from you. 

Our Father…,   Ten Hail Marys …, Glory be…

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