January 28th. On the feastday of St Thomas Aquinas the parish team participated in a retreat. They were given his saying for reflection, “What counts is faith working through love.” Then they were asked, “Who in our society today can be considered the wisest person? Is it the rich man or woman, the successful lawyer or teacher, one who works for others or for themselves, even just for their own family? Can those who practise solidarity with all that exists and for the greatest good be considered the wisest?”
I prayed and understanding was given me, I called upon God and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I did not liken her to any priceless gem, because all gold is but a little sand in her sight, and silver will be accounted as clay before her. I love her more than health and beauty and I chose to have her rather than light because her radiance never ceases. Wisdom 7.7 – 10
Pope Francis: If a mistaken understanding of our own principles has at times led us to justify mistreating nature, to exercise tyranny over creation, to engage in war, injustice and acts of violence, we believers should acknowledge that by so doing we were not faithful to the treasures of wisdom which we have been called to protect and preserve”. World Day of Prayer for Peace 8.