We’re preparing ourselves to receive the Holy Spirit in a new way at the celebration of Pentecost, the day we recall the gift of the Holy Spirit given to the disciples who were in one place together in Acts 2. There are so many ways we could prepare. This series is focusing on the gifts the Holy Spirit will provide for those who are prepared to receive them, which will allow us to live entirely for the Lord by prayer and action. For more information about this series, click here to find the original post.
We’re on our final gift: the Gift of Wisdom! Some consider this gift as the most perfect of all the gifts. Whoa.
How does this gift help?
This is the gift of all gifts because it embodies all of the others at once. To explain, I’m going to borrow an image from spiritual master Adolphe Tanquerey. Consider a sunbeam. At one and the same time, this sunbeam produces light for us to see and heat for us to feel warmth. Whoa. The gift of Wisdom is exactly like this sunbeam, except that it does even more than those two things. The ‘light’ produced by Wisdom not only lets us see into the Divine Mysteries, but it also delights the ‘eyes’ of the soul. The ‘heat’ produced by Wisdom not only brings warmth to the heart, but also sets it on fire with divine love and fills it with deep joy. Whoa! What a gift indeed! With the gift of Wisdom, we not only come to know the divine truths, but we also come to love and relish them. As Psalm 33 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is sweet.”
Practically speaking, the gift of Wisdom produces three effects in the hearts of those who have received it:
- Wisdom makes faith unshakable! We actually experience the truths of our faith. We actually “see” the Real Presence of our Lord in the Eucharist, so how could we ever doubt?
- Wisdom steadies our hope! We come to understand our role in sharing the life of Jesus Christ and being members of His Body. All the Saints who have gone before us are our own brothers and sisters. If the Head is already in Heaven, how could we lose hope that the body will surely follow?
- Wisdom enables us to live virtuously! This isn’t just any virtue, either, but instead heroic virtue! We get a real taste of the joys of divine love, so those of earth lose their appeal. We begin to love the Cross, mortification, effort, temperance, humility, and meekness, because these show us the way to become more like our Beloved Savior.
Who needs this gift?
Anyone who desires Eternal Life needs this gift.
How do I prepare myself to receive the gift of Wisdom?
Beg the Lord for it!
Strive to see how all truths come from God and point to Him. Look for patterns in everything, patterns that go beyond the details and stretch the Heaven. Everything created by God is meant to point us back to Him.
Seek to love and enjoy divine things and recall that all knowledge is vain that does not lead to an increase in love. Everything is vain that does not lead us to “taste and see that the Lord is sweet.”
Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them forever. Amen.
I should note that much of what I’ve written over the past two weeks came from the same spiritual master I’ve mentioned a couple of times, Adolphe Tanquerey, and his book The Spiritual Life.