Feb. 27 - Day 8 - "emptying oneself of the 'spirit of the world'

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Continuing to ponder today’s Mass Reading from Sirach on Wisdom is very helpful on our journey toward Total Consecration. St. Louis de Montfort wrote a book on “The Love of Eternal Wisdom”. In the last chapter of this book he begins to develop what is his later treatise on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” That last chapter is followed by his Act of Total Consecration to Jesus the Incarnate Wisdom through the Hands of Mary.

Today’s Reading is from Sirach 4: 11- 19, but I want to copy only verse 11:

Wisdom breathes life into her children
and admonishes those who seek her.
He who loves her loves life;
those who seek her will be embraced by the Lord…

As in yesterday’s reading, we need to listen carefully to both God’s admonitions and to His embrace. He admonishes us to keep us on narrow road that leads to life, and He is found by those who seek Him.

In St. Louis de Montfort’s book, “The Love of Divine Wisdom”, he wrote:

CHAPTER SEVEN

CHOICE OF TRUE WISDOM

  1. God himself has His Wisdom, the one and only true Wisdom which we should love and seek as a great treasure. The corrupt world also has its wisdom which must be condemned and detested, for it is evil and destructive. Philosophers also have their wisdom which must be spurned as useless for it can often endanger our salvation. So far we have been speaking of God’s wisdom to those who are spiritually mature, as the Apostle calls them (cf. 1 Cor. 2:6), but lest they be deceived by the false glitter of worldly wisdom, let us unmask its hypocrisy and malice.

[1. Wisdom of the world]

  1. The wisdom of the world is that of which it is said, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise (1 Cor. 1:19; cf. Is. 29:14), i.e. those whom the world calls wise.” “The wisdom of the flesh is an enemy of God” (Rom. 8:7), and does not come from above. It is earthly, devilish and carnal (Jas. 3:15). This worldly wisdom consists in an exact conformity to the maxims and fashions of the world; a continual inclination towards greatness and esteem; and a subtle and endless pursuit of pleasure and self-interest, not in an uncouth and blatant way by scandalous sin, but in an astute, discreet, and deceitful way. Otherwise the world would no longer label it wisdom but pure licentiousness.

Divine Providence has given us His Word in Scripture to reveal His Truth. Saints like John the Apostle, St. Paul and St. Louis de Montfort by God’s Grace point us toward His Truth if we but listen and ponder and do the Truth we hear.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your Faithful. Kindle in us the Fire of your Love. Jesus, Incarnate Wisdom, pray for us. Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

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