One might recall Apocalypse ch 2: I know how sorely tried you are, how stricken with poverty (yet, all the while, so rich [in grace]); how your name is traduced by men who claim to be [Catholic] (though they are no true [Catholics]; they are rather the chosen people of Satan).
3 Kings ch3: And that night the Lord appeared to [young Solomon] in a dream, bidding him choose what gift he would. ... Solomon said, "Yes, Lord God, You have bidden this servant of Your's to reign where his father reigned; but, Lord, what am I? No better than a little child, that has no skill to find its way back and forth. ... Be this, then, Your gift to Your servant: wisdom, a heart quick to learn, so that I may be able to judge Your people’s disputes, and discern between good and ill." ... The Lord listened well pleased, and looked with favour on the choice he had made. "For this request of your's," God told Solomon, "you shall be rewarded. You did not ask for a long life, or riches, or vengeance upon your enemies, but for wisdom to administer justice. Your prayer is granted; hereby I grant you a heart full of wisdom and discernment, beyond all that went before you or shall come after you. And moreover, I grant you all thou did not ask for; in wealth, in glory, no king that ever was may compare with you. And if you will follow the paths I have chosen for you, as your father did, keeping My commandments, a long life you shall have too."
Proverbs 8:11: For wisdom is better than all the most precious things: and whatsoever may be desired cannot be compared to wisdom.
Jesus in Matthew 6: I say to you, then, do not fret over your life, how to support it with food and drink; over your body, how to keep it clothed. Is not life itself a greater gift than food, the body than clothing? See how the birds of the air never sow, or reap, or gather grain into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them; have you not an excellence beyond theirs? Can any one of you, for all his anxiety, add a cubit’s growth to his height? And why should you be anxious over clothing? See how the wild lilies grow; they do not toil or spin; and yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.If God, then, so clothes the grasses of the field, which today live and will feed the oven tomorrow, will He not be much more ready to clothe you, men of little faith?Do not fret, then, asking, What are we to eat? or What are we to drink? or How shall we find clothing? It is for the heathen to busy themselves over such things; you have a Father in heaven who knows that you need them all.Make it your first care to find the kingdom of God, and His approval, and all these things shall be yours without the asking.Do not fret, then, over tomorrow; leave tomorrow to fret over its own needs; for today, today’s troubles are enough.
Book of Wisdom ch 9: Wisdom was with You, God, long ago, privy to all Your designs, she who stood by You at the world’s creation, and knows Your whole will, the whole tenor of Your commandments. From that heavenly sanctuary, that high throne of Your's, send her out still on Your errand, to be at my side too, and share my labors! How else should Your Will be made clear to me?For her, no secret, no riddle is too dark; her prudent counsel will be my guide, the fame of her my protection. So shall my task be accomplished as You would have it be; so shall I give this people of Your's just awards, no unworthy heir of the throne my father left me.What God’s purpose is, how should man discover, how should his mind master the secret of the divine Will? So hesitating our human thoughts, so hazardous our conjectures! Ever the soul is weighed down by a mortal body, earth-bound cell that clogs the manifold activity of its thought.Hard enough to read the riddle of our life here, with laborious search ascertaining what lies so close to hand; and would we trace out heaven’s mysteries too? Your purposes none may know, unless You grant Your gift of wisdom, sending out from high heaven Your own holy spirit. Thus ever were men guided by the right way, here on earth, and learned to know Your will; ever since the world began wisdom was the salve they used that have won Your favor. ( http://catholicbible.online/
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(For those who don't know: *Heart did not used to mean emotions or even your core; heart means your consciousness. Your active thoughts. Your spirit, as opposed to your soul. Your "reigns" or core was the kidneys. Mary kept her active thoughts about God, which is what we in Catholicism call "contemplation" or "meditation" -- both of which only mean, to think actively about God -- and her thoughts were perfect, they were not in the dark or without understanding, because she is "full of grace." Hence she was broken hearted -- stupefied with sorrow and her spirit totally run through by a sword, taking on more sorrow -- not only for Jesus' sufferings but over the salvation of our own souls, we who are sinners -- than anyone else could ever withstand. By this suffering that she offered to God, which she could in a moment of crisis from her life of contemplating Him, she became the only one in the in human race, past, present or future, who can crush the skull of the serpent; the head of God's Army and the most powerful weapon in it, higher than the angels and The Terror to demons during an exorcism; understanding that Jesus is God, not a creature but the second member of the Holy Trinity, God the Son, whereas Mary is still a creature, like us, made by the Creator.)
Here is a brother, here is a sister, going naked, left without the means to secure their daily food; if one of you says to them, "Go in peace, warm yourselves and take your fill," without providing for their bodily needs, of what use is it? [...] But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Matthew 25: Then shall the just answer God, saying: Lord, when did we see You hungry, and fed You; thirsty, and gave You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and took You in? or naked, and covered You ? Or when did we see You sick or in prison, and came to You? And the king answering shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these My least brethren, you did it to Me.Then He shall say to them also that shall be on His left hand: Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger, and you did not take took Me in: naked, and you would not cover Me: sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me.Then they also shall answer Him, saying: Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?Then He shall answer them, saying: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to Me.And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.
Hebrews 4: God’s Word to us is something alive, full of energy; it can penetrate deeper than any two-edged sword, reaching the very division between soul and spirit, between joints and marrow, quick to distinguish every thought and design in our hearts. From Him, no creature can be hidden; everything lies bare, everything is brought face to face with Him, this God to whom we must give our account. Let us hold fast, then, by the faith we profess. We can claim a great high priest, and one who has passed right up through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God.And this High Priest of our's is not without compassion on our weaknesses; He was tempted in all things the way we are tempted, yet is without sin. Therefore, let us go with confidence to the Throne of Grace that we may obtain mercy, and win that grace which will help us in our needs.[This throne of grace being prayer, the Sacraments such as Baptism, Confession, and the core of everything, the Holy Eucharist; as well as the intercession of Mary and the angels and Saints of Heaven, who have also becomes "seats of wisdom" through the holiness of their lives.]
Luke 2:14: Glory to God in the Highest and peace on earth to those of good will, on whom God's favor rests!
Job 28: But where is wisdom to be found, and where is the place of understanding? People do not know the price of wisdom, neither is it found in the land of those who live in worldly delights.
The deep said: It is not in me; and the sea said: It is not with me. The finest gold shall not purchase wisdom, neither shall silver be weighed in exchange for it. It shall not be compared with the vibrant dyed colors of India, or with the most precious stone sardonyx, or the sapphire. Gold or crystal cannot equal it, neither shall any vessels of gold be changed for it. The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be equal to it, neither shall it be compared to the cleanest dyeing.High and eminent things shall not be mentioned in comparison of it: but wisdom is drawn out of secret places.From whence, then, comes wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?It is hidden from the eyes of all living, and the fowls of the air don't know it. Destruction and death have said: With our ears we have heard of it.God understands the way of wisdom, and he knows where it is.For He beholds the ends of the world: and looks on all things that are under heaven. Who made a weight for the winds, and weighed the waters by measure. When He gave a law for the rain, and a way for the sounding storms. Then He saw it, and declared, and prepared, and examined it.And He said to mankind: Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom: and to depart from evil, is understanding.
Matthew 16: For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for My sake, shall find it. How is a man the better for it if he gains the whole world at the cost of losing his own soul? For a man’s soul, what price can be high enough?
St. James, 2:26: For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.
Yet there is one charge I make against you; of losing the charity that was your's at first. Remember the height from which you have fallen, and repent, and go back to the old ways; or else I will come to visit you and, when I find you still unrepentant, will remove your candlestick from its place. http://catholicbible.
Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows... In those days, people will give you up to persecution, and will put you to death; all the world will be hating you because you bear my name; whereupon many will lose heart, will betray and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise, and many will be deceived by them; and the charity [love] of most will grow cold as they see wickedness abound everywhere; but the one will be saved who endures [in charity] to the last.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hoped it helped be encouraging in some way. God bless you and your day.
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