01_O Wisdom, The O Antiphons

Wisdom is the first and highest gift of the Holy Spirit. It makes the soul responsive to God in the contemplation of divine things. Where faith is a simple knowledge of the articles of Christian belief, wisdom goes on to a certain divine penetration of the truths themselves. Built into wisdom is the element of love, which inspires contemplative reflection on these divine mysteries, rejoices dwelling on them, and directs the mind to judge all things according to their principles (Catholic Dictionary). Simply put, wisdom is seeing things from God’s perspective. 

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L – Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)

O – Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

What event or circumstance in your life do you need God’s perspective on? What does God’s promise of wisdom in James 1:5 tell you about that?

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

O God, Who instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, Grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen +

Show Notes

Topics Discussed:

Plato and Thomas Aquinas, biblical “wisdom”, St. Athanasius on wisdom


Minutes 00:12:00 – History of the O Antiphons, wisdom defined, Plato and Thomas Aquinas, cardinal virtues   

Minutes 12:01-24:00 – Old Testament and New Testament uses of “wisdom”, biblical personification of wisdom

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Three types of wisdom: the art of living, thinking deeply, and wisdom from God

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – St. Athanasius on wisdom; wisdom as seeing things from God’s perspective


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3 thoughts on “01_O Wisdom, The O Antiphons

  1. Can’t wait to listen to this! Is the written transcript available now? The “link” didn’t work. Thanks, Esther

  2. This is so timely. Many times we think the Holy Spirit is Wisdom and here Sonja explains so well the many personifications. I love this antiphon.

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