O Sapientia — ‘the way of prudence’

The first of the Great O Antiphons1 today gives us the sign that in Advent we are drawing closer to Christmas.

Looking at today’s Antiphon, O Wisdom, we find a translation

O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly.  Come, and teach us the way of prudence.2

Prudence is not something we hear about very often, it’s not a word that I encounter on the streets of the city. Yet it is one that would be useful for us all to remember. Prudence is ‘the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.’

I pray that we all will use the reasoning that our God gave us, as we discern our paths in life.

Notes

1.  Fr William Saunders gives some background to them in his article reproduced on Catholic Education Resource Center.

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