City Intro: For thou hast given me, O Lord, a delight in thy doings: and in the works of thy hands I shall rejoice……all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered…thy thoughts are exceeding deep. (Ps92:5,6,10) “Bonum est confiteri “”WOW” Monday’s gospel reminds us about oaths.(Mt23:13-22) In brief, evil people swear oaths, they are held accountable if not in this world but in the next, by the Supreme Judge. Such people at war with our Church, as in Medjugorje (as I believe), or the Secret Societies and their One World Religion absent Christianity. All this CityofGod.Blog has placed on your hearts. Today, take solace in your Catholic faith, that will triumph. As the Lord reminds us “we can do nothing without Him”(Jn15:5); nothing about people in our society, our Church, a world gone Mad? “How can these things be”, and yet this is our reality of ‘One True Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church’. In our distress, look to Jesus’ example; He had more than one betrayal beyond Judas. In fact, we see only Mary, his mother, John the Apostle, a few of women and a repentant thief, at the foot of His Cross. He triumphs, overcame the world, founded our Church and sends us Grace. Is it possible this has changed? NO! So we are called to suffer, in faith, with hope, seeking the Way, the Truth and the Life, in all persistence. If it wasn’t this way, would it still be Faith?
From the Mirror of Faith by William of St. Thierry abbot
(Theologian and mystic, from the monastery of which he was abbot, b. at Liège about 1085; d. at Signy about 1148. William made his studies at the Benedictine Monastery of Saint Nicaise at Reims, )
Seek the Understanding of FAITH from the Holy Spirit
When in your life of faith you are confronted with the deeper mysteries it is natural to become a little frightened. When this happens, take heart faithful Christian. Do not raise objections, but ask with loving submission, “How can these things be?” Let your question be a prayer, an expression of love and self-surrender to God. Let it be an expression of your humble desire not to penetrate his sublime majesty, but to find salvation through the saving deeds of God our Savior.
Then the Angel of good counsel will reply: When the Paraclete comes, whom I shall send you from the Father, he will remind you of everything and teach you all truth. (Jn16:13) Even as no one knows a man’s secret thoughts except his own spirit within him, so no one comprehends the mysteries of God except the Spirit of God. (1Cor2:11)
Hasten therefore to receive the Holy Spirit. He is with you when you call upon him; you can call upon him only because he is already present. But when he comes in answer to your prayer, he comes with an abundance of divine blessings; he is the river whose stream gives joy to the City of God.
If when he comes he finds you humble, silent and trembling at the words of God, he will rest upon you and reveal what God the Father has hidden from the wise and the prudent of this world. You will then begin to understand the things holy Wisdom could have told his disciples on earth, but which they were unable to bear until the Spirit of truth came who was to teach them all truth. For this reason we cannot hope to learn from the lips of any man truths that Truth himself could not convey. As he himself has told us: God is Spirit. As those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth, so those who wish to know him must seek understanding of their faith and perception of its pure and simple truth only in the Holy Spirit.
In the darkness and ignorance of this life, the Holy Spirit enlightens the poor in spirit. He is the love that draws them on, the sweetness that attracts them, the way in which a man approaches God. He is the love of the lover. He is devotion. He is piety. From one degree of faith to the next he is ever revealing to believers the justice of God, so that grace follows grace, and the faith that comes from hearing yields to a faith enlightened by understanding.
Jesus is Wisdom, Sophia is her name:
(1Cor2:12- 16) – Now we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God; that we may know the things that are given us from God. Which things also we speak, not in the learned words of human wisdom; but in the doctrine of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the sensual man perceive not these things that are of the Spirit of God; for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand, because it is spiritually examined. But the spiritual man judges all things; and he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that we may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Partial reference made in ‘Intrumentum Laboris’ – Muller references a misuse in yesterdays post on Amazon synod. (In context makes a deeper understanding ref. (Wi1:7))
(Wi1:6-10) – For the spirit of wisdom is benevolent, and will not acquit the evil speaker from his lips: for God is witness of his reins, and he is a true searcher of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue. For the spirit of the Lord hath filled the whole world: and that, which contains all things, hath knowledge of the voice.Therefore he that speak unjust things cannot be hid, neither shall the chastising judgment pass him by. For inquisition shall be made into the thoughts of the ungodly: and the hearing of his words shall come to God, to the chastising of his iniquities. For the ear of jealousy hears all things, and the tumult of murmuring shall not be hid.
Prov(14:33-34)In the heart of the prudent rests wisdom, and it shall instruct all the ignorant. Justice exalt a nation: but sin make nations miserable.
Wi7:7-6-10) – Wherefore I wished, and understanding was given me: and I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came upon me: And I preferred her before kingdoms and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Neither did I compare unto her any precious stone: for all gold in comparison of her, is as a little sand, and silver in respect to her shall be counted as clay. I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light: for her light cannot be put out.
(Wi7:21-23,30) – And all such things as are hid and not foreseen, I have learned: for wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me. For in her is the spirit of understanding: holy, one, manifold, subtle, eloquent, active, undefiled, sure, sweet, loving that which is good, quick, which nothing hinders, beneficent, Gentle, kind, steadfast, assured, secure, having all power, overseeing all things, and containing all spirits, intelligible, pure, subtle….For after this comes night, but no evil can overcome wisdom.
(Exodus 31:3) – And I have filled him with the spirit of God, with wisdom and understanding, and knowledge in all manner of work.”
(Eccl (Sir) 1:26)“In the treasures of wisdom is understanding, and religiousness of knowledge: but to sinners wisdom is an abomination.”
(Sir) 18:28) “Every
man of understanding knows wisdom, and will give praise to him that
(Eccl (Sir) 39:1-42) The wise men will seek out the wisdom of all the ancients, and will be occupied in the prophets. He will keep the sayings of renowned men, and will enter withal into the subtleties of parables. He will search out the hidden meanings of proverbs, and will be conversant in the secrets of parables. He shall serve among great men, and: appear before the governor.