O Sapienta

O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come, and teach us the way of prudence.

I intended at o­ne point to put some kind of Advent calendar o­n my blog, or o­n the church website, but somehow that did not get done. However, the O Antiphons lead us up the the great day, and the challenge is to blog about each of them.

We begin with the Holy Wisdom. The great advent antiphons allow us o­ne last attempt to meet God in the concepts and ideas of ancient times before he arrives in human form as the o­nly thing in the world which cannot ultimately be ignored – a screaming child. Make no mistake – God, utterly female today, can be found in this mysterious way now as in past times. The cloud of mystery which haunted our forebears still swirls around us now, whatever knowledge or revelation lands in our laps with the enlightenment or the enbabyment of God. Before we get there though, Prudence lights a candle to reason o­n the journey to Bethlehem.

Prudence is that way of seeing the world as it really is, which comes from the divine marriage of mystery with reason. In the days to come, she will be as welcome and as present (though often unperceived) at the crib as any of the shepherds or the magi.

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