The “Daily Wisdom Dose” for today is from Proverbs 2:6.
For the LORD gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding…
We have two sources form the Lord’s wisdom: the Bible and the Church. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. The Church was established by Him to safeguard His teachings and also to teach in His name until He comes again. The Church’s teachings are called “Sacred Tradition” and are not to be confused with tradition in the manner of things and doings and practices. Sacred Tradition is the apostolic teachings from the first century through today, the teachings of the Popes and Bishops in union with him (as opposed to Christian Bishops that are not Catholic). They do not add anything completely new to God’s Biblical Revelation, but are derived from Scripture. Sacred Tradition is encapsulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Reading the Bible, along with the Catechism and even the writings of the Early Church Fathers provides you with access to the “knowledge and understanding” from the Lord. They all direct you to God, the source of all life and wisdom and knowledge. Enlightened by this understanding and knowledge, you grow closer to God, and increasingly view the world through God’s eyes. Perhaps another way of putting it is you view the world from the perspective of eternity. Puts things that encourage you to drink in a different framework, yes?
Along the sidebar there’s the grouping of links called “For All Things Catholic”. In it are links for three excellent translations of the Bible (The New American, The New Jerusalem, and the Douay-Rheims). There’s also links to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In addition, there are links to numerous sites that can explain Catholicism much better than I can, including anything you need to know about exactly what “Sacred Tradition” is, especially its Scriptural basis. This may come as a shock to non-Catholic Christians, but all Catholic teaching is rooted in the Bible.
The three different Bible translations are useful. Perhaps you are having a difficult time with a particular verse. Reading that same verse in a different translation my assist you in understanding it better.
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