“I’m so clever, but clever ain’t wise”, sang Babyshambles. Wisdom is in short-supply, I don’t exclude myself from this judgement. For Aquinas wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit, bestowing ‘rectitude of judgement according to the moral law’. Stern though this may sound, the point is a basic one: there is a state that goes beyond mere knowledge of facts, that consists in seeing situations in their true light and having a sense of how one ought to act within them to best show love for God and one’s fellow human beings.
The antiphon for the Magnificat at vespers today:
O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other,
mightily and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.