What Is Wisdom?


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What Is Wisdom?

  1. 1. What is Wisdom? Mr. Pablo Cuadra Religion Class
  2. 2. What is Wisdom? <ul><li>Wisdom is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>We receive these gifts at baptism and confirmation to live according to God’s ways. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is the definition of Wisdom? <ul><li>A. The ability to appreciate and recognize the truth. </li></ul><ul><li>B. The ability to choose the best action despite the circumstances. </li></ul><ul><li>C. The ability to act with good sense and virtue. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What virtues are associated with Wisdom? <ul><li>There are two virtues or inner strengths associated with wisdom: </li></ul><ul><li>A. Prudence </li></ul><ul><li>B. Right judgment </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is Prudence? <ul><li>A. Prudence is the ability to be cautious in making decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Prudence help us weigh the consequences of an action or decision before they happen. </li></ul><ul><li>A prudent person for example is not driven by compulsion or hasty decisions. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is right judgment? <ul><li>Right judgment is the ability to make good decisions and choices despite difficult or challenging circumstances. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is the Christian belief about wisdom? <ul><li>A. Christians believe that all true wisdom comes from God. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Only God through the Holy Spirit can give true wisdom. </li></ul><ul><li>C. Wisdom is a gift that must be used for our own good and the good of others. </li></ul><ul><li>D. Because of free will and lack of faith sometimes people choose never to be empowered by the use of this gift of the Holy Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>E. Jesus is the wisdom of God. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is the difference between human wisdom and divine wisdom? <ul><li>Human wisdom is limited. </li></ul><ul><li>Divine wisdom is unlimited. </li></ul><ul><li>Human wisdom has an end. </li></ul><ul><li>Divine wisdom is eternal. </li></ul><ul><li>Human wisdom seeks its own good. </li></ul><ul><li>Divine wisdom seeks the good of all. </li></ul><ul><li>Human wisdom is learned. </li></ul><ul><li>Divine wisdom is a gift for those who have faith. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is the difference between moral and amoral decisions? <ul><li>A. moral decisions have to do with right or wrong. </li></ul><ul><li>B. amoral decisions have nothing to do with right or wrong. </li></ul><ul><li>C. Amoral decisions are neutral. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What are the characteristics of wise people? <ul><li>A. They listen to the voice of God in their hearts and to the insights God places in their minds, and consciences </li></ul><ul><li>B. They are responsible with their lives and actions. </li></ul><ul><li>C. They appreciate good advise and follow good examples. </li></ul><ul><li>D. They are good role models. </li></ul><ul><li>E. They rely on God’s strength and guidance </li></ul>
  11. 11. What are the consequences of neglecting this gift of wisdom? <ul><li>A. Serious mistakes and regrets. </li></ul><ul><li>B. The inability to get along with others. </li></ul><ul><li>C. Rush decisions that have negative results. </li></ul><ul><li>D. Loosing control of one’s life. </li></ul><ul><li>E. Loosing respect for oneself and others </li></ul><ul><li>F. A life of crime, abuse and addictions </li></ul><ul><li>G. An unhappy and frustrated life. </li></ul>
  12. 12. How do we become wise? <ul><li>A. First, we need to develop the courage to choose what is right. To do this we must open our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Second, we need to develop the courage to listen to what is right. </li></ul><ul><li>Example our consciences </li></ul><ul><li>C. Third, we need to develop the courage to do and desire what is right. </li></ul><ul><li>D. Fourth, we need to surrender to the Holy Spirit. Let the Spirit of God guide us through life. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What are the other gifts of the Holy Spirit? <ul><li>Besides wisdom the Holy Spirit gives us the following gifts: </li></ul><ul><li>A. wisdom </li></ul><ul><li>B. knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>C. understanding </li></ul><ul><li>D. right judgment </li></ul><ul><li>E. courage </li></ul><ul><li>F. reverence </li></ul><ul><li>G. wonder. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Prayer to the Holy Spirit <ul><li>Holy Spirit, my light, my life, my love, my strength, </li></ul><ul><li>Be with me now, and always: in all my doubts, anxieties and trials, come, Holy Spirit; in hours on loneliness, weariness and grief, come, Holy Spirit; in failure, in loss and in disappointment , come, Holy Spirit; When others fail me, when I fail myself, come, Holy Spirit; when I am ill, unable to work, depressed, come, Holy Spirit; now, and forever, and in all things, come, Holy Spirit. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The End