Wisdom’s Corner No. 2: “Don’t stick out your hand to get something if you’re going to be tight-fisted when the time comes to pay it back.”


Why does credit spending make us feel like we have hit the jackpot? While paying back the loans and interest make us feel like we are aboard the sinking Titanic?  Why don’t we just spend what we have earned and just have a good night sleep? Why are we driven to purchase services and products beyond our means, only to regret we ever laid eyes on a loan application?  I suppose we can blame it on great advertising, such as the media.  We can also turn an accusing nose to the sweet smile of cinnamon encouraging us to spend.  We can also convict the comforting music playing in the stores while we are conjuring a financial storm for our household.  Yet, we still grab our plastic promises of bliss and sell our financial freedom for a single moment of “Oh, you shouldn’t have!” Well, “You shouldn’t have!” Because most people are tight-fisted when it comes…

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Today we are facing many challenges, such as, fear, injustice and uncertainty.  Somewhere in the world we are aware that someone is being killed because of some irrational thinkers who are set on destruction.  Each day, somewhere in the world, we mourn the demise of family, friends or neighbors. We wail in fear and sorrow when we view the internet, television or listen to the radio, because we have discovered that someone has been unjustly killed by some form of weaponry.  Ours nations are facing economic disasters.  People are starving to death and homeless.  Seniors citizens who have worked all their lives now find out their pensions are no longer available or enough for them to survive on.  How do we find wisdom in all of this worldly madness?  How do we find peace of mind? We must first ask the leading question.  Where is wisdom?

Wisdom is the spirit…

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Wisdom’s Corner No. 18: Self-examination


“Know what you are talking about before you speak and give attention to your health before you get sick.  Examine your conscience before the Lord judges you; then when that comes he will forgive you.  Humble yourself before you are punished with sickness.  When you have sinned, show repentance.  If you make a promise to the Lord, keep it as soon as you can.  Dont’ wait until you are about to die to set things straight.  But before you make such a promise, be prepared to keep it.  Don’t  try to test the Lord’s patience.  Think! Do you want him to be angry with you on the day you die?  When you face his judgment, do you want him to turn his back on you?  When you have all you want, think what it is like to be hungry, what it is to be poor.  Things can change in a single day; the Lord can act very quickly.  If you are wise, you will be careful in everything you do.  When sin is all around you, be especially careful that you do not become guilty.  Every intelligent can recognize wisdom and will honor anyone who shows it.  If you appreciate wisdom when you hear it, you will become wise yourself, and your words will be a source of wisdom for others.”

Sirach 18


Wisdom’s Corner No. 17: Free Will


“Don’t blame the Lord for your sin; the Lord does not cause what he hates. Don’t claim that he has misled you; he doesn’t need the help of sinners to accomplish his purposes.  The Lord hates evil in all its forms, and those who fear the Lord find nothing attractive in evil. When, in the beginning, the Lord created human beings, he left them free to do as they wished.  If you want to, you can keep the Lord’s commands.  You can decide whether you will be loyal to him or not.  He has placed fire and water before you; reach out and take which ever you want.  You have a choice between life and death; you will get whichever you choose.  The Lords’s wisdom and power are great and he sees everything.  He is aware of everything a person does, and he takes care of those who fear him.  He has never commanded anyone to be wicked or given anyone permission to sin.”

Sirach 15