"Wisdom is the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of God's goodness." Wis 7:26
The scriptures today invite us to think about and pray in gratitude for all the wisdom figures in our lives, those special people whose presence encouraged, consoled and challenged us along the way. The quiet power they radiated provides us with wonderful memories and a commitment to offer others the same gifts we received.
Some of these women and men we met only in books. St Augustine, St Francis, St Clare and St Therese of Lisieux, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day and Nelson Mandela, to name just a few, impacted our lives and left a mark that endures especially when we are struggling. We can return to their writings and the books about them many times over and not be disappointed. Their lives live in us and act as a compass for our own journey.
Other wisdom figures like our parents, aunts and uncles, teachers and mentors, though unknown to most, also fill us with hope and assurance that life, no matter how cluttered or confusing, is a great gift for which we need to be grateful everyday. When we think about the gracious and unstinting love and sacrifice our forebears expended on our behalf we realize that all is gift, and that God has provided us with friends and prophets whose memory strengthens us whenever we call upon them.
Today, thank God for the wisdom figures in your life.
What wise faith lessons do you most treasure?