Tag: Wisdom

Intelligent but Not Smart

Resonance, according to the American Heritage College Dictionary: “the increase in amplitude of oscillation of an electric or mechanical system due to a periodic force whose frequency is equal or very close to the natural or undamped frequency of...

A Little Snow on the Roof

I attended a wedding in New York City by myself well over 40 years ago. So at the reception at the Tavern on the Green in Central Park, I was seated at a table of friends of the bride’s family. Since I didn’t know any of them and was suffering...

The Banquet Hall of Heaven

The allegory of the ten virgins is another clever way devised by Jesus to simplify for us our longing for admission to the endless Wedding Feast of Heaven. This is how we could put this longing into modern terms paraphrasing Jesus’ concluding...

Will the Hierarchy Embrace This Wise Counsel?

The four-year Synod of the Catholic Church is nearing completion. It has been described as a “Journey” that is “both a gift and a task” by which the hierarchy, the clergy, and the laity can join together, learn through their experiences, and improve...

Valuing God’s Incomparable Gift, the Human Mind

The Bible tells us that God created humans in his “image and likeness.” What does that mean exactly? Let’s first consider the nature of God. To begin with He is pure spirit. He is also all powerful, all knowing, all wise, all loving, and all...

Restoring Catholic Wisdom, Part 2

In Part 1 I argued that the Catholic Church desperately needs to renew its historic teachings, and the Bishops and Cardinals need to lead the effort with the help of informed laypeople. I explained that the way to do so is to restore...

Gifts of the Spirit: Wisdom

This is the third essay on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Thus far we have discussed “Fear of God” and “Fortitude”. Next up is “Wisdom.” Oh wisdom, the thing that we all strive to have with age. There are many age old expressions and quotations for...

Revisiting Ancient Wisdom

Recently, as I was browsing through my bookshelves, I came across a little book I had bought in Singapore in the 1980s titled A Gentleman’s Code: According to Confucius, Mencius and Others.* Confucius was born over five hundred years before...