18th April

Wisdom Is For Passing On

Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3: 15

You have a deep desire to appear wise, but you have no confidence in yourself: you do not regard yourself as wise. So in the company of others you remain silent; even when the conversation turns to spiritual matters, where words of wisdom are most necessary, you remain silent. You hope that people will interpret your silence as a sign of the depth of your wisdom – so deep that mere words cannot communicate it. Some people try to deceive others with dishonest words; you are trying to deceive others with dishonest silence.

If you possess wisdom on particular matters, it is your duty under God to express this wisdom to others, so they can benefit from it. If you do not possess wisdom on matters of importance, it is your duty under God to ask questions of those who do possess wisdom so you can learn from it. In either case you must speak.

This does not mean that words must flow ceaselessly from your mouth like a river. Use words sparingly, so that they express exactly what you mean. But without words you will remain ignorant and stupid.
Pelagius To a young friend.

In Sophia, the highest wisdom-principle, all the greatness and majesty of the unknown that is in God and all that is rich and maternal in his creation are united inseparably, as paternal and maternal principles, the uncreated Father and created Mother-Wisdom.
Thomas Merton

Lord help me
never to pretend
to know more than I do know,
always to be ready to speak out of my experience,
up to my experience
but not to speak beyond it.