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Pope proposes ideal of 'authentic wisdom'

Pope John Paul II has spoken of a human capacity to go beyond the surface of things that equates to a "participation in the very mind of God".

He spoke about God's gift of "authentic wisdom" before more than 3000 people assembled at the Vatican for Wednesday's General Audience.

"One can easily intuit that this wisdom is not simple intelligence or practical ability, but rather participation in the very mind of God who in his wisdom has established man," he said.

"It is, therefore, the capacity to penetrate the profound meaning of being, of life and of history, going beyond the surface of things and events to discover the ultimate meaning, willed by the Lord," he added.

The Pope's catechesis was a meditation on the canticle in Chapter 9 of the Book of Wisdom, in which the believer pleads for the gift of wisdom because he knows that without it he would "amount to nothing".

"Wisdom is like a lamp that illuminates our daily moral choices and leads us on the straight path, to understand what is pleasing in the sight of the Lord, and what is right according to his commandments," the Holy Father said.


General Audience of John Paul II (29/1/03)
Wisdom 9 (RSV translation)

31 Jan 2003