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The gifts of the Holy Spirit

Wisdom with power and charity are the attributes of the Most Holy Trinity

7/3/2017

"I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for such was Your gracious will". (Mt 11: 25-26)

It is natural to ask: why do we count Wisdom as a gift; indeed, as the first gift of the Holy Spirit? Evidently the wise and the learned Jesus spoke about have criteria that are different from God’s and the root of their wisdom is certainly not divine. In fact, they judged everything according to their science. With the doctors and scribes of the time they had created a series of laws regarding purity and man's behavior, which they imposed on the people in God's name. But God, as we know, does not require all those sterile observances that subjugate man with the illusion of having peace. With Jesus the only law to be revealed is that of love, of knowledge of God, and what God, in His great love, does for us!

Who are the true wise men according to God if not those who listen to the good news, who accept it and rejoice, and it is with them that God makes merry? They are the poor, the little ones whom the world defines as foolish. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul is very clear: "Where is the wise man, where is the teacher of the law, where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world with all its wisdom did not know Him, it pleased God to save believers through the folly of preaching ... we preach Christ crucified ... Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength." (1 Cor 1: 20-25)

Today, just as then, Jesus continues to teach many things to the little ones, to give them His same wisdom, His intimate relationship with the Father. It is precisely His intimacy with the Father that helped Him to recognize and attempt to eradicate the errors in which the learned of the times had imprisoned God. As God’s Son, He knows the Father and knows what the Father wants and reveals it to those whom He chooses so that they can continue His very life. And how? Through gifts like Wisdom.

Wisdom allows us to see everything with the eyes of God; It is the action of the Holy Spirit in those whom Jesus chooses and, corresponding to this gift in all freedom, they learn to perceive the world not by their own feelings, but in a supernatural way, with God’s very same heart. Wisdon helps us to learn how to distinguish good from evil, or to recognize what comes from God and what does not. The wise man is therefore not the one who knows everything and has an answer for everything, but the one who "knows" of God, knows how God acts, because in his heart he has the wisdom of God (catechesis of Pope Francis).

At the time of his coronation as King of Israel, King Solomon asked the Lord for the gift of Wisdom, so that he could guide and judge the people discerning good from evil.

For this reason we first ask for the gift of Wisdom that as a mother is able to put in order and create harmony among all the other virtues if we want to advance on the path of perfection to which we are called: "Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt 5:48).

In Luisa's Diary we find that Wisdom is present since the beginning. Jesus explains to Luisa, the littlest of the little, that in Creation the Divinity manifested all Its Majesty, Power, Wisdom, and Love, which It displayed in all fullness to creatures. It is born with the Divine Will that always gives it new life and without which it would not manifest so much art and mastery in the works of the Most Holy Trinity.

Jesus, as the Administrator of the Most Holy Trinity, gives people the Power, Wisdom, and Charity of the Divine Persons. He wishes that each of his representatives, turning to one of Luisa's confessors, need only continue His very own work with souls, since one who is not interested interrupts the work that He has begun, and feeling defrauded in the execution of His designs, Jesus is forced to withdraw the power, wisdom, and charity that would have been his if he had fulfilled the work entrusted to him.

This explains that the soul, when receiving a divine gift, must constantly maintain its state of grace with perseverance, fidelity to the Sacraments, mortifications, and prayer. The gifts are obtained through prayer, meditation, the continuous battle to win over vices to be able to reach that all - the light that Luisa said she saw when she was out of herself. The image described is that of God in a light, but then it is the same God who appears to her as Light, and in that Light is found beauty, fortitude and wisdom without end or boundaries, which is God Himself: infinite, and without limits.

Luisa sees the Most Holy Trinity dwell in this infinite light, and together, before the light is Mary the seat of Wisdom, absorbed by the Most Holy Trinity and who, in turn, absorbs all three of the Divine Persons and becomes enriched by the three attributes of the Trinity, namely: Power, Wisdom and Charity. In her diary, Jesus speaks to Luisa of Wisdom without ever separating it from the other virtues - Power and Charity, because the Trinity is inseparable and the soul that acquires one, acquires the others as well. In Wisdom there is an intelligent, holy, one and manifold spirit ... because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things. For she is a breath of the power of God; she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God. Though she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things. In every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God and prophets (Wisdom 7:23-27).

She transfuses into the soul the same Divine Life of its Creator. This life is living in the Divine Will, through a continuous acquisition of the divine truths that are manifest to the soul and of which it must nourish itself. Jesus clearly said to Luisa that every truth He reveals to her concerning His Fiat is for her another step in her growth in the Fiat, another morsel that is needed to strengthen, warm, and always conform her more to It. It is one more sip she drinks in the immense sea of His Will. Every extra act that the soul does in the Divine Will is present before the Celestial banquet prepared for her by the most Holy Trinity. If she loves, she nourishes herself of Their love; if she acquires understanding, she feeds on Divine Wisdom and acquires more and more light until she becomes all light.

The perfection of the soul vanquished in the Divine Will is such that the soul begins to operate as God does. This is no surprise because since the soul no longer lives of its own will, but of the Will of God Itself, all wonder ceases when, living in this Will, the soul possesses Power, Wisdom, Holiness, and all the other virtues that the same God possesses.

A wise person is one who people feel attracted to because the knowledge not only comes from the person, rather it is a life that comes from life, moving countercurrent, but all conformed to the divine way.

 

FIAT!

Riccardina
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