All wisdom comes from the Lord and is with him forever  (Sirach 1:1)

I looked up “wisdom” in my concordance. This word is used 330 times in the RSV Bible. The RSV translation I use is 1065 pages, so the word wisdom appears on 30% of the pages (on some pages it appears more than once so the math is not perfect, but it proves a point).  Think about that, it is a staggering amount, but we should expect this.  The verse above is from the very beginning of the Book of Sirach, and it gives a deep insight to the reality of where wisdom comes from. Note this is not what wisdom is, for what wisdom is and where it comes from are two different subjects.

Both before becoming a Christian and after, St. Augustine was a philosopher, and for a philosopher the search for wisdom, and the love of wisdom is perhaps the highest, greatest pursuit. It was St. Augustine’s finding of wisdom within the Bible that was one of the main contributing factors in his conversion to Christianity.  This brings me to the main point of this post, that one of the main characteristics of Augustinian Spirituality is a love of wisdom and a desire to grow in wisdom, especially the wisdom of Sacred Scripture.  We can see wisdom most clearly in the pages of the Gospel, and that wisdom is alive in the person of Jesus.

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